I got the letter on Thursday & the answer was "No". Basically, something that I didn't think would affect me, does. I didn't think it would affect me because it doesn't affect anything else in my life & doesn't affect me or what I do but apparently it means that I'm not upto/suitable for the Job. What really guts me is that I got good marks apart from that.
I was absolutely gutted when I read the letter & the reason, I even cried!
But it isn't as bleak as it first appeared as there are a number of options open to me which may mean I can get around it.
Option 1. Become a Special & "prove" myself before applying to the regs.
Option 2. Write to other forces & find out what their guidelines are.
Option 3. Find out if anybody else has my problem & whether they've managed to serve as a PC.
Option 4. Become a PCSO & get into the regs. that way (I really don't want this but if I have to do it, I will.)
Whatever I do I now have alot to think about because whatever I decide will affect me long term & also change my life because it's looking increasingly like relocation which actually, I'm not that bothered about as it is looking like the Met. I wanted to transfer there after probation anyway so it isn't too bad.
I've had lots of help from two people & they are continuing to be a help & find out what they can so that is excellent & much appreciated. If they are reading this then they know who they are. Thanks guys xx
The thing is, I really, really want this. I know I would be up to the job & I know that it is what I want, I'm as sure as I can be without actually doing the job that I'd be good at it, I'm good with people, I can handle things & handle myself & I love being part of a team & doing the best I can for people. I know I'd be willing to muck in & I know that it is the job for me & whatever it takes I am determined to get a "yes" eventually. Even if I have to go about it through a different path or it takes me a few years to achieve I am determined that I will get there.
I really want it & getting a no has proven to me just how much I do want it.
The steely determination I have comes in handy sometimes!
I will keep you all updated :o)