Entrance exam update

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I realize this is a little belated since I have been back from my entrance exam for a couple of weeks, but nevertheless I have been and conquered (I hope).
I think the easiest way for me to explain the day is to recap how it panned out, so here goes..

I woke up (*touch-wood*like most people do) and started to get ready. I wanted to make an impression so I went out before I flew to Brisbane and updated my ‘smartlookingpeoples’ attire which consisted of nice suit pants, suit jacket and two blouses because I knew I would change my mind as to which one I liked on the day ( FYI I did, about 4 times and also if I should have gone tucked or un-tucked) I caught a cab and deliberately arrived at the station 30 minutes early, this gave me time to go to the local cafe and buy a bottle of water.

I sat and waited in the waiting room where people started coming in and sitting, now don’t get me wrong I am not a judgmental person but I made a note of observing each person whom was coming into the room. I was surprised and shocked with the lack of dress code  that people were wearing and by this I mean tracksuit jumpers, sneakers and just overall casual attire, I am certain that the recruitment officers watch to see the effort applicants are making, or am I wrong?

The testing was structured similar to the following:

A reading comprehension test: in total applicants had 10 minutes to read and answer a series of questions.

A listening test, this test involved listening to an audio clip and then answering some questions the audio test is the same as the following test where the applicant then watched a video and answers questions. One of these tests required the ability to re account a scenario in 150 words which is to review how applicants can write in detail.

There are two timed tests one is 12 minutes and the other is 45, these tests are very similar to the Police prep book and website. I truly recommend this learning material as it is almost identical, the website also offers audio clips to practice with.

I was surprised as there was no psychological component, I assume this will come at a later date if I get through. At the end of the exam the recruitment officers said the wait will take 6-7  weeks for results as they are doing numerous testing days at this stage. I think this is a good sign because I can only conclude they are starting their recruitment drive, this also buys me time to really work on my fitness which is going quite well, I can almost do a full pull up myself…another few weeks and I will have it I think.

I recommend visiting stations and talking to officers, I did this myself while I was in Brisbane and they where more than welcoming and answered all my questions. My partner has been applying for the Fire Services for a few years now, and I know it is a different service but during interview phase they have asked how many fire fighters he has spoken too and if he can recall names.

I hope this information is helpful, I haven’t specified all of testing details because I think it is important to people to do the extra research themselves, just like I have 🙂 I look forward to updating this blog in a few weeks time, hopefully with a good result!

Image is taken off of Google.

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One small victory! QPS Here I come

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The last few weeks have been hard, life has been busy and new changes have been made. It’s funny sitting here thinking to myself “just get over this week, then start fresh next week”, things aren’t bad just busy. Every night I have been saying there is not enough hours in the day and how I wish there could be more just to get everything done. I feel there is two solutions to this issue A) the world stops for a few and kicks back or B) Improve my time management. A sounds like the best option but that’s never going to happen; the world keeps revolving, business’ keep on making their coin and poor people don’t drive cars so you know, there isn’t any way to get to where I need to go (apparently)- thanks for that one Mr Hockey. B is probably what needs to happen but I’ve been so tired that I cant get the energy to possibly fit in any more into my day. I’ve been feeling a little run down and part of me thinks YES now I can get some actual time off of work but NO because then it will interfere with my training and health. I don’t understand how things get so busy that getting sick actually starts to sound like and option… now don’t get me wrong I don’t mean major sick just a minor flu kind of thing, which I’m half way to getting anyway. 

Anyway in the last month I have:

1. I increased my beep test score.

2. Put my expression of interest in for QPS 

3. Heard back within a week about my expression of interest

4. I now have my entrance exam date August 28th (2 weeks after putting the expression of interest in, I wasn’t meant to hear anything for 6 weeks) YAY

5. Booked flights and accommodation

6. Increased my squats to 25kg  and improving each session

7. getting closer to being able to do a pull up, I cant wait for that day.

8. Improving my practice exam scores.

9. Have listened to Bohemian Rhapsody 40 times. I love Queen, Its a great motivation song as soon as it hits 3.03. 

I guess number 9 isn’t exactly relevant but it is such an amazing song. I remember when I was in the Green Day mosh-pit and we were waiting for them to come on stage, Bohemian Rhapsody came on over the radio and the entire mosh sung along (including the guitar sequence, of course!). Its a lifting experience to be standing with upwards of 1000 people from different socioeconomic backgrounds all singing the same song because it happened to come on over the radio and for the love of Queen but it will always stand true that music will always bring people together- I think Live Aid proved that over a number of years. 

I mentioned earlier that I have been busy and haven’t had much time to fit in all the things I want to do but yesterday I decided I had to buy new runners; on top of not feeling well my running has suffered the last few weeks, I think I haven’t given myself enough rest..or so I’ve been told 😛 The runners are the same as my last pair just the current release which is now covered in a hideous purple but on the plus side I stand out at night when I run! My runners are Asics and like one of my previous blogs about my Aiscs socks I could write an entire post on how comfortable they are, I think I entertained the shop assistant (whom is now familiar with me because I refuse to shop for runners with any other shop assistant) when the only word I could come up with to describe them was ‘Squidgy’- I think this word for me, means- walking on clouds / unbelievable comfort. I definitely went for a run after buying them! Who wouldn’t?! I also bough a Fitbit to try and keep the motivation up, the run was going really well until I tripped myself over definitely looking fabulous in hideous purple shoes- if anyone saw a runner go ass over yesterday, It was me! I am A OK, sort of. 
I think I have gone off topic enough to end it there. I hope everyone is having a great day and I will have an update blog once I have completed my entrance exam. 

The picture today, is my lovely runners!! Comfortable as anything but hideous.

Facts for police prep

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Today’s post is to help supply some information about the police services through-out Australia, most of the information I will be posting is from Wikipedia and the different states police websites, I would like to believe most of the information is accurate however I cannot guarantee that. To anyone whom is thinking of joining and wanting to learn some information I hope that my blog is helpful but please don’t just rely on this source as it may not be 100%accurate.

SAPOL

SAPOL was formed on the 28th of April 1838 and from what I can gather it had 10 mounted police and 10 patrol personnel in total, since that date SAPOL has developed into a 5000 strong police force with 131 Stations. The current commissioner is Gary Burns and the motto is “Keeping South Australia Safe”. 

QPS

QPS was formed January 1st 1864, The QPS website states that as of 30 June 2012 QPS employed 15 082 people comprising 10 695 police officers, 415 police recruits and 3 972 staff members. The current commissioner is Ian Stewart and the motto for the state is “With Honour We Serve”. The 2012 stats are the most recent I could find. 

WAPOL

WAPOL was formed in 1834, Wiki states that they have approximately 8750 members and 170 facilities, I wasn’t able to find this on WAPOL website so I am unsure as to how up to date this information is. Commissioner is Karl O’Callaghan. 

VICPOL

Formed January 8th 1853, Has approximately 15,761 (2013). Motto is “Uphold the Right” According to wiki it was originally written in French ” Tenez le Droit” . Has 325 Stations and the commissioner is  Ken Lay APM. 

NSW Police

NSW has 19832 employees, I am assuming not all of that number consists of sworn officers. It was formed in 1862 and its motto is “Culpam Poena Premit Comes” which translates to “Punishment Follows Closely On Guilt”. Their commissioner is Andrew Scipione APM. Wiki states they have over 426 Stations. Commissioner is Andrew P Scipione.

Tasmania Police

Formed in 1899 and has 1650 employees- 1260 are sworn members (as of 2011), I am assuming it has more now. The commissioner is Darren Hine APM. Wiki states it has 73 stations. 

NTPOL

NTPOL has 1381 sown officers as of 2011, From what the history page is telling me on the NT police website SA and NT were joint and in 1869 Paul Foelsche was the first sub-inspector of Police at Palmerston (NT). The motto is “To serve and Protect” and the commissioner is John McRoberts.

So I hope that helps, however, where are the ladies ??? I know there have been some female commissioners and deputy commissioners but at this point in time its a mans game! The reason for having this information is because I am thinking it will be likely the state you are applying for will want you know a little about the history and kingpins and it shows interest and initiative. 

The image is from 1911 in WAPOL. 

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This week I have had a couple of updates which I will be posting later today 🙂 Have a great day!

Update

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Hi all I haven’t written on here lately and there have been a few developments/ change of plans. I recently decided instead of applying for SAPOL I would apply directly for QPS. I made this decision due to the fact it was always the end goal to move there so what better time than the present, right?
The process is mostly the same just a little backwards in terms of what the application process is like. 

I believe it will be beneficial to apply to QPS first because there is no application submitted until you have registered your interest over the phone, wait 6-8 weeks and then if accepted you sit the entrance exam/medical and then submit an application online. If at any point I am unsuccessful I have at least had an opportunity to practice the exams ahead of applying for SAPOL. 

On the fitness side of things QPS has a slightly more difficult test and I have upped my training to cater for that, however since my other post on practicing running at the required speed for the beep test, it seems to be working I have gone up another level which is very exciting for me, I am still not where I need to be for the beep test but I am nearly there, I hope by the time the 6-8 week waiting period is up I will be at my best. If i’m not I still have a little more time to get to the required fitness level anyway. I am happy to say my squats and bench presses are strong, I am now practicing more of the prone planks and ‘chin ups’ (I cant actually do one yet, but I am working on it)

For anyone interested this is the layout of the QPS fitness tests.

When I registered my interest over the phone I was able to ask the recruitment officer a few questions, however she was unable to comment on a couple, which were: 

Is the aptitude section of the exam still the same structure as in the Police Prep book?

and

When is the next intake happening? 

I would really like to talk to some officers that are in QPS, so my next step is calling recruitment again and finding out how I can go about that. If there are any reading this or applying, I encourage you to comment, I would really like to hear from people and start making a network base. 

I hope anyone reading this can understand, It was rushed a little due to starting work soon. 

Have  a great day!!

Picture was from Google, unsure of the author I have had it for quite some time. 

Turn Around

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I wasn’t sure how to start this post and I pondered it for most yesterday afternoon and today, I was on my way to the gym when I found myself skipping through all the songs on my I Pod, I realized I was looking for something but I didn’t really know what. I knew that I wanted a song that made me feel that little zing of enjoyment, but why? I think that I hadn’t really woken up from my sleep, It was like I was just going through the motions of what I needed to do but not really paying much attention to anything in particular, I knew when I had woken up that I had to have a shower, wash my hair, do my make-up, get dressed, get food for dinner, cook dinner, get hydrated, go to gym, drive home, heat dinner, serve dinner, clean up and get ready for bed again. but while I was driving to gym I just felt like these motions and tasks that I was doing where just happening, don’t get me wrong my day wasn’t bad but those tasks where simply things to do before the next day could happen. I finally found the song which happened to be Pompeii ( Normally it drives me a little bonkers due to the fact it was played so much on the radio), I feel like the song ‘woke’ me up, the motions where no longer just motions and the day grew into something that needed to be accomplished not just completed. I arrived at the gym and I had listened to Pompeii abut 4 times before arriving, I did my usual warm up with a slight spring in my step since I was now aware of my day and that I wanted it to be a little more fun than just doing what had to be done, It made gym a little more enjoyable than anticipated and I had more energy to finish of the day instead of just going home and doing the rest of the tasks, I also made gnocchi to freeze for a later dinner and I made a mug pudding, the best I’ve ever made…I immediately felt the guilt set in once I ate it, but that’s besides the point, it was yummy! I am always amazed at what music can do not only for myself but for the others whom enjoy it just as much as I do, It seems to be able to make people rise and do things that normally might not be considered, I would be lying if I said that my running wasn’t improved by my favorite soundtracks. Sometimes I don’t listen to music for a wile because I’ve heard it all many times and then one day I find a new song or CD that I haven’t heard or heard in long time and it makes me feel excited and giddy, its always a good day when you find a piece of music that lifts the spirit no matter how happy you are already, it can take you to a whole new dimension of living. If you haven’t figured it out already I am one of those people that If I get a song stuck in my head or it fits for the occasion I listen to it over and over again, until I am well and truly sick of it, “I was born this way”. I realize not everyone has this same connection with music but I am certain they have those kinds of bonds with other things such as art or cooking or even the people who love adrenaline activities. 

The fact is that music can make a day go from boring or just another day to exciting, I’m glad that I found a song that woke me up yesterday so I could enjoy how beautiful the rest of the day was. 

 

 

To re-cap on the focus on this blog, I also spent some time doing more aptitude quizzes, they really hurt my brain. I’ve been aiming for perfect scores and I have been improving, so to anyone who says that they can’t do something, I would urge them to re consider because humans can do the most amazing things when we break down those boundaries and try. I also tried doing some fartlek on a bike yesterday and my god it hurt my legs, Its safe to say this will be something I will try to do more often so it’s not so damn hard when I do try to do it! Does anyone have any tips for bike workouts? Please share in the comments if you do. I would really like to hear from some people 🙂 

Image is from here

A short interview

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Hi again everyone, after my sock blog today I thought I would start again with the useful information.

A couple of days ago I had a phone interview with a female police officer, this call was to just give me her opinions and information about the job. Like I have stated previously I have my father and my partners father to ask questions to because that are police officers but I have been wanting to talk to some that have been either recently put into the force or are female, I think this will then give me an overall perspective being a female myself.

The phone call consisted of a few questions, but the main one that struck a cord with me was her reasoning for joining, it was very similar to my circumstances and made me believe that I  must have been talking to the right person; a sign, if you wish! She wasn’t much older than me and isn’t much bigger than me as in height.

For any females considering joining, I asked if height has ever been an issue during her career so far.

She said the only time her height was ever picked on was during the academy stage, this didn’t really surprise me because I assume they like to pick on things during the academy process to try and get a feel for how people react to things.

The next thing she said what that It has never impacted her on the job, which is great news, I have always wondered if my height would be a disadvantage but the example she gave was one that I had already thought about. Her example was: Walking up to 2 large men arguing was made worse by being approached by another large male officer, whereas when she approached it almost calmed the situation.

The second question I asked was the best and worst part of the job.

Her response was a fantastic one, especially if there is someone looking at applying that hasn’t been exposed to the job before, the answer to the question was: “The job is a negative job, as an officer you are seeing people at their worst or at the most bottom point in life. It’s the people you work with and the way you deal with the situations that gets you through, It is more of a mental job than a physical, many people believe its all about the ability to use a gun or baton, but in all seriousness it’n not, simply because those are the last resort, those are the things that happen when all else fails. Its the communication and the ability to be able to talk to people that takes the most strength. ”  The worst part of the job for her is hearing about or dealing with cases involving children, she believes this is due to having a young family of her own, where as before she had her family It didn’t worry her so much. She also believes it is each to their own and personal circumstances at the time as to what will effect you personally.

The third question I asked was a little about her role and what it involves, I am going to leave this out for privacy reasons, however I think it is a good question and is worth wile asking to any officer, it definitely gives a broad perspective on the police force, the more knowledge the more confident you will be in the interview.

The fourth I asked was bout the situation questions that is asked in the interview and how in depth they where for her. Unfortunately for me her interview was slightly unconventional and short therefore no relevance to what mine might be like if I get through.

I asked another few questions but I will leave those for other interviews I conduct so not all the blogs include the same information. I hope by sharing this it helps anyone who is doing the same things as I am or gives some ideas to others.

Have a great night everyone.

The best yet

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UPDATE for today

So I’ve done my PT for today, and my goal was to improve my fartlek, which by the way..

I DID 🙂

ANNNND

I didn’t improve it by 5 minutes 

OR 

10 minutes

but by 20 minutes. 

I am impressed with myself if I do say so… BUT I don’t want to be one of those people who are like “I’ve just been to the gym *posts mirror selfies*” So I hope I’m not being that person, however I did take a photo of my treadmill with my end time and result. I know that I’m improving, and that makes me feel great but then I think “How will I ever beat that” and I know I will surprise myself but in the meantime I’m just pondering if I will ever do so. I still need to do a beep test to measure where I am really at, but I am satisfied at the moment because VICPOL has a recommendation of being able to complete 30-40 minutes of fartlek by the time application is submitted.

I’m kind of glad I’v booked the physio tomorrow, I know I am going to be sore and sorry for myself 😛 
This afternoon I also spent some time practicing some maths in the exams, with some learning required, but I seem to be okay once my memory is jogged. I still have a little ways to go, but I guess that’s like anything, it all comes with time… hows my patience going? I also have been through the computing test which was okay due to doing complex Microsoft work in my Advanced Diploma.

 Its all coming together nicely 🙂

 

Anyway have a good night everyone.

 

The Image relating to this post is by Alex Pardee