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.

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!

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.

I [ insert adjective here ] Math

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Do you like mathematics?

I have a love hate relationship with maths..

I Love it because when I complete questions involving maths I feel accomplished and like some part of me is a little bit intelligent, you know..I get a big head, for doing things that are probably considered easy, not really. 

AND 

I Hate it because sometimes I look at the problems on a practice aptitude test and think… OH DEAR ME, I haven’t done this since high school. #brainmeltdown #howamIevergoingtodothis

Lucky for me my partners father was a teacher (in his previous career), and he has helped me to understand a lot more that I thought I could. I understand why he would have been a good teacher; because he has the right temperament and patience. 

The books I received yesterday are quite difficult,  the math inside of them isn’t as easy as I expected, even though the math located on the SAPOL aptitude practice sheet is no where near as difficult, I am still doubting myself. This just means A LOT more practice. 

I did manage to go through some of the reading comprehension tests and managed to get 41/50 right so that made me happy, I know I can do even better on that because at the time I was also making dinner.

Anyway, math has always been an issue for me, I have always tried my hardest at it and it just doesn’t seem to click with me like it does with some other people, which is okay because I still can understand some of it but I also know I have strengths in other areas that other people aren’t so strong in. 

If anyone on here has some tips, by all means send them my way! I am open for any help I can get.

Today I also have my next PT session, so I’m ready for a hard day, I am hoping to get in another 10 minutes earlier on my usual time to do an extra activity that my PT has asked to do before I start with him.

My session will look something like this:

3:50: arrive and spend 15 Minutes on a treadmill or cross-trainer to warm up, 

4:05: Start stretching for 15 minutes (full body stretching)

4:20: (New) add in a grip strengthening activity, which is going to be a roll of bamboo with a long string tied around it with a weight on the end that you roll up and down, this also works my forearms and it burns!!

4:30: PT session, is a full body weights work out.

5:00: Cardio, I am aiming to beat the 26 minutes of fartlek I did last session and do the whole 30 minutes or more If i can, However I won’t be disappointed because some days I don’t run as well as others because I think? that my legs are still recovering from weights and what not and being fatigued. 

5:30/5:40: Stretch for another 15 or 20 Mintues

6:00 Eat protein or drink a Chocolate milk. 

AND Drink lots of water, My trainer advises to drink at least 2.5Lt of water a day, and If im doing a work out to add an additional 500ml. There was an equation he said to use which was something like for every kilo of body weight you must drink 0.05lt of water. That’s not exactly right because I cant quite remember but it was similar, does anyone know it? 

The picture I have on this blog today is a image of one of the maths questions, I feel it is appropriate for this post. The book is Norman Halls, 2nd Edition, Police Exam preparation book, revised and updated, 2003. 

 

Have a great day/night everyone 🙂

 

 

 

The changes to me

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Good Morning Folks,

Today I am going to write a bit a bout myself, I have previously written about the events leading up to my decision to join the police force, but today I feel it necessary to tell you the stats of which I started at and where I am at now. 

Me, Myself and I, started this journey weighing just over 62kg, I am 152cm short and I was feeling tired a lot and I couldn’t be bothered with wanting to do general activities. I have never been majorly over weight but enough to feel sluggish and heavy. I knew when I made the decision to join the police it would mean a big change if it meant achieving the 6.10 beep test score (Also, does anybody know if on the day of the fitness examination do they stop you at the 6.10 or keep you going until you conk out?). I had previously been fit, at one stage I applied for the ADF (about three years ago) I passed everything except the Asthma test which I failed by 2%, I tried for a year to re do that test on numerous puffers that I was prescribed, until one brought on a sort of asthma attack, so it scared me a little and I stopped trying. It was almost a blessing because I enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality which pushed me to my limits, it originally was a three year course which has been condensed down to a year and a half, I was doing 16 subjects a semester and it was one of the hardest studies I have ever undertaken. I am much better of for it though it completely re opened my brain up :P. 

I currently am 58kg, still 152cm short  but I don’t think that will change any time soon, I’m turning 23 this year, and now when I wake up in the morning I generally have more energy and have a new found confidence in the future. I know that if i stick to what I am doing it will get even better I just wish It would happen faster, but in reality It will take time. I believe someone once said Patience is a virtueI am still learning this. 

I hope everyone has a great day! I’ve been thinking of doing another run today, however i wanted to run outside instead of in the gym, but there is severe weather warnings… still contemplating it though. Ill see how i go.

Goodbye for now. 🙂

P.S. The Photo attached with this blog, is what my police prep book looks like, it is very useful!