Giving it a chance 

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Hi all,
As you know I’ve been applying for the police force for some time. Last year I was accepted and it’s been the best and most challenging time of my life. I graduate in May and the time is flying.

The one thing it has pushed the most is my relationship. My partner has worked very hard in supporting me, and I would like to give back to him.
I started a gofundme in hopes of getting him a passport. I’m hoping someone can help. I want to show him how grateful I am for his love and support but unfortunately I can’t afford to pay for it all myself.

He works long hours and big days, he is still an apprentice, and even though he is very good with his money, saving for a holiday is near impossible.

I want to provide him his goal of travelling. The academy life has been demanding and a lot of focus has been on me. It’s his turn now to feel looked after.
The link for my gofundme is:

http://www.gofundme.com/praise-for-my-partner-holiday

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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.

Police Prep

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I hope this blog will give whoever is interested an idea on how to start to prepare for their recruitment, I am speaking through my own experience and what has been working for me so far. 

Tip 1.

Read. Read. Read!

  1. I’ve looked at blogs, the only one I could find that gave me some kind of useful information was Whirlpool Forums. This is what I searched: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/?action=search&q=police+recruitment&f=&fg=-1&w=&p=
  2. QLD police website stresses to read a mixture of non fiction and fiction ( I have multiple news sites and science pages on my Facebook, when I have a change I read the stories especially the science posts because they usually have a new word for me to look up and add to my brain, I also try and read one of those stories out a day to a friend or partner to help me vocalize new and difficult sentences. I also have a bookcase of books and I read the newspaper on my breaks at work

 

Tip 2.

Prepare your fitness!!

  1. I recommend having your fitness up to scratch before putting the application in, this was told to me by recruitment.
  2. Each state has a different fitness test, each one gave me an insight on how my fitness should be before I join, even though some of the tests aren’t in the state that I am applying for It doesn’t mean that those other exercises wont benefit me. 
    • For example the QLD website has a scale for the beep test which is graded (most states base their recruitment process on a merit based system; so the more points you get the better!) I f you look at the link it will outline their A, B and C grading of the beep test if that is what they expect you to be after the Academy it will make your life easier being that before you apply and why not be able to pass the physical with ease, it just proves your determination. 
    • Most police websites including the ADF and AFP websites have the beep test recording on them.
  1. NSW Police have a very good ‘how to’ guide on starting to RunGrip Strength and Strength Training.  (follow the links to see what I’m talking about) In the running link you will notice by the time you are through they recommend to do 30-40 minutes of fartlek and 60-70 minutes of an easy run (a pace you can still talk at) per week. This is obviously once you have your fitness to its best, beginners start off with much less, which is also outlined. 
  2. I hired a Personal Trainer as well as my partner is one, I was hoping for double the motivation… which I received! My exercise plan involves an unlimited gym membership with 24 hour access as well as two 30 minute PT sessions a week. These sessions usually run longer for me, those days usually run as follows: I get to the gym 30 minutes before my PT session and do a 15 minute warm up on a treadmill or cross trainer then I stretch for 15 minutes, by this time my trainer has found me and I then start my workout with him, which is usually a full body weights workout ( weights are your friend!! any ladies who believe they will look like Arnold from using weights are wrong, that’s a whole different ballgame. To see the benefits click here.) The full body weights workout allows me to prepare my body for such things like the obstacle course in the test as well as giving me the strength I need to be able to restrain a person AND the many other benefits listed in the link above. Once I have finished my 30 minute training session, my trainer then asks me to do a minimum  20 minutes of cardio (I usually run because I need lots of cardio to pass the beep test) which is then followed by more stretching.
  3. You don’t need a gym membership to get fit (there are many ways to do it at home), however If your anything like me I find it difficult to want to exercise, so by having PT twice a week I know I have to go to the gym on at least those days.
  4. What to do after your workout

Tip 3. 

Some Random Facts

  1. QLD police force will provide their Interview questions 40 minutes before the interview.
  2. If you aren’t willing to take a rural posting then it probably isn’t worth applying, I was informed at the Careers expo that if that box isn’t checked on the application it is almost a no go. 
  3. WA Police will take people whom are colour blind, I’m fairly certain it is the only state that will do so in Australia. 
  4. QLD police website suggests to Google Aptitude tests and you can practice them online for free. 
    1. Psychometric Institute- Australian Police guide
    2. SAPOL Practice exam
    3. Sample Tests – I have found this the best practice site, there are many more, I do believe the questions will be easier, my SAPOL prep book is much easier than some of these questions. 
    4. Police Prep– I purchased the book that included all the states exams. 
  5. Now bare with me here..my memory is being tested, One of the States has a recommendation of talking to at least 7 officers. If anyone is reading this, maybe comment with some of the questions you would ask, it may help the creative process?
  6. Know your minority groups
  7. There is a Policing Tafe course, I asked at the careers expo if it is something I need, and I also asked recruitment. One said that if you have a higher qualification like a diploma or a bachelor there wouldn’t bee a need because you already can prove that you can study, and the other said it is beneficial because it starts you off with some of the laws and processes. So it is up to you what you take from that.
  8. I believe the SAPOL recruit course is going to be extended from 9 months to 12, if it hasn’t been done already.

Tip 4.

Practice your weakness’ 

I’m currently looking at doing some self defence classes and some lessons in a shooting range, to give myself some extended knowledge before I apply, this may not help my application but at least if I do get accepted I will feel a little more prepared. 

My partners Father is also a copper he has asked a friend at work what places in SA that are good for self defense or other techniques such as boxing. These are some that they suggested (located in Adelaidte):

 I also know that some of my other weakness’ are public speaking and mathematics. I have started re visiting some math but not the speaking as of yet (makes me nervous). 

I will leave the tips there for now, I don’t want to overload with too much, and my brain has also left for the moment and I cant think of what else I had to say…

So I hope this is a good starter for everyone. 

 

 

New Ideas

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Okay, So, I have never written a blog, I have written notes to people and myself but never on a public domain. The aim of this blog is to help myself and other like-minded individuals to achieve entry into the Police Force. I haven’t had strict training on grammar so don’t mind the mishaps, maybe this blog will help with that too.
I feel it is in order to explain the lead up to my decision so I will keep it short, sharp and shiny…kind of.
1. I have developed a career set in Hospitality, this is my 9th Year in the industry.
2. I left a cafe job as a supervisor to go to a bigger and more notable organisation.
3. When I left my job they offered me manager and I was flattered..really I was, and I considered it but..
4. This more notable job that has a little more prestige than a cafe manager (not that there is anything wrong with that because I love cafes and I love coffee!) swayed me to choose a longer commute and have the benefit of more opportunity and growth.
5. However that being said, my current job moves at snails pace to provide that development.. and I am overly eager and slightly impatient.
6. I know I can bring the goods, and I have been awarded based on that, but they still take a long time.
7. Recently I applied for the team leader position, thinking it was time to start making the moves to go higher, having that position before at previous jobs and having the necessary qualifications, as well as having been at the organisation for all the major changes I thought I had a chance.
8. What I didn’t realize is when the organisation posted the job publicly, a man applied whom had 35 years experience on me as a manager and business owner.
9. My first thought was, who is this man and isn’t he WAY over qualified for this position… Get your own organisation to work at buddy.
10. This is when I had an ‘epiphany’, I cant move anywhere until someone leaves! THAT COULD BE YEARS!!… yes I can do training and other learning activities, but I cant go up. and I know for a fact this man was going back to study, this is why this job suited him, less hours and any days he wanted.
11. This means a minimum of three years of study, right?
12. The organisation I work for has very little employment turnover which is great because it means the employees are happy and generally want to stay..for a long time.
13. My ‘epiphany’ led me to think that I know people and I have good customer service, but I don’t know any other work other than the Hospitality industry, even though it is a diverse industry I don’t want to be 60 and not know anything else for employment… and the fact that the really good positions like GM and CEO are exceptionally difficult to get into, there aren’t that many of those positions that A) many women get into and B) everyone now-a-days needs many qualifications to get anywhere.. and C) If they get the new budget through, Ill be working towards these positions until m 80.
14. This is when I decided to join the Police Force.
15. I have family in that given field and have always had an interest,so what better occupation to get into that one that supports the community.

I believe in the way modern society is going, it will be harder to retire and harder to find work that provides a good remuneration package with all the other employment benefits of constant work, all types of special circumstances leave, as well as 6 weeks paid holidays a year. To me the police force provides this and security, my only issue is getting started.

I’ve been getting started for about 2 months, this has involved the planning and gathering stages. to define those I will explain what I have done so far…
First I spoke with me Dad and asked, do you think I should make the change, what if I’m not any good at it? I received the approval and I think there was also a slight hint of excitement, he is still in the force himself. Next I spoke to my partner he is my PT (however I had let my fitness drop for a little wile) I asked him what is the plan on getting fit? (the fitness and other helpful info I will post in the next blog) I now have a structured plan that I stick to weekly, I wish I could say this about eating, but I’m working on it.
Once I had done those things, I went through the SAPOL website and read everything again and again over a couple of weeks and purchased the police prep book to get my brain working again on the aptitude testing.
I have since purchased another 3 books off of amazon which are the American versions which have similar information.

I am now at the point where I am not unfit but I’m not machine woman yet, I have studied every other state police website, each of which provide helpful hints of improvement, the website I have found most helpful was the Queensland police, they have pages and pages of information for the taking, it is worth looking through if you yourself are looking at joining and not only for that state, there are many hints that apply for SAPOL too. My next goals will also be highlighted in other blogs so if you are interested keep an eye out.
I will end this one here, I hope it wasn’t too boring.

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