Monday, July 30, 2007

Part of the Force

Well I am in the early stages of recruitment to get accepted to Police College.

I have my PAT (Physical Appraisal Test)criteria and will be working with my trainer to get to the required level, which I am pretty much already at, I will just need to work on the push-ups. I have done some practice tests which I got through relatively easily. I have a session I have to attend in November where the recruitment process goes a step further and you can get assigned a recruitment officer etc and also have the opportunity to speak with some officers.

I am also hoping to be allowed to become an observer before that time so that I can get some experience and see what the job is really like.


Seamonkey Madness said...

Good on ya WG! Hope it all goes well!

Are you looking to get yourself equipped with a taser or are you going to push paper and eat doughnuts.

Its not as glamorous as people make it out to be. A mate of mine (when he was an observer) had to help out during a domestic situation. Luckily he is 6'2" and a black belt in tae kwan do.

Span said...

A young female relative of mine has recently finished the training and become a full officer, after going through a similar process to you. I haven't had a chance to really talk to her yet about how she is finding it.

Being intimidating (and commanding authority) isn't always about size. Apparently I can be quite intimidating and I'm only little! ;-)

We definitely need more women on the force - good luck.

Cactus Kate said...

What on earth do you want to be a cop for?

...someone had to ask this!

Pamela said...

I wouldn't mind being one... But I think I have a little growing up to do :)

Rich said...

I met a girl once who'd just qualified as a New York cop.

She was loving it - basically you could get away with any minor-ish misdemeanor. We were cruising around downtown in her (private) car and she was doing donuts, driving backwards up one-way streets, etc. Apparently if any cops stopped her she just had to flash the badge and she'd be sweet.

Plus you get a big gun. And free drugs.

Maybe NZ is a bit more boring...

welly_girl said...

I have always been interested in becoming a Police Officer, but due to my medical condition though I couldn't be, but this is not the case any longer.

I started a law degree but dropped it on realising it was dead boring and I think I wil enjoy the more practical enforcing the law - that is if I get in and graduate.

I must admit learning to fire a gun is a bit daunting and tasers and stuff but I think it would be a really rewarding job, and after two years of compulsory front line work I would probably look at specialising - who knows maybe I'll be the first female commissioner lol

Seamonkey Madness said...

Sorry to burst the 'when-I-grow-up-I-wanna-be-a-policewoman' bubble WG but if you want to get higher up in the chain, you have to (at some stage) attend University and do law.
You can only learn so much from frontline work and make it to Staff Sergeant etc, but when it comes to higher positions such as Inspectors et al, process of due law is a lot more relevant.

welly_girl said...

That is not actually true Seamonkey. As someone who knows many a cop, including Inspectors I know that they have had no official university training, it has all been internally done within the police force.

kiwigirl said...

Hey - I think thats brilliant WG!

I'm quite jealous actually!

I think I need a career change! (Although the only time I could see myself in a cop outfit (hmmm maybe I don't really need to go there!)).

xx K

Pamela said...

Haha, hmmm. Do you need to go there kiwigirl?

kiwigirl said...

I know - sorry!

Pam - come back to the blogging world!