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This week was a mixture of lots of different training, which made the week even more interesting!
Tuesday was our first big exam, which we had been preparing for over the weekend. This included questions about everything we have covered over the last three weeks. It was a nerve-wracking experience, but luckily all went well.
On Wednesday Group 1 and 2 both did different training. I did searching property and premises, as well as how to package up evidence. This includes how to make sure that continuity is maintained for evidence at court. In the afternoon, we got to conduct a big premises search in the mock-up flats, including filling out the paper work, and packaging up all the ‘stolen items’!
Thursday was another interesting day – we did airwaves training. This consisted of learning how to use the radios effectively, and how to get the most out of them. I did use a radio whilst I was a special constable, but I was able to learn some other handy tips that I wasn’t aware of. We finished off with separating into pairs, and following instructions throughout the site, contacting the control room and completing exercises to get used to the radios.
This was a busy week! Lots to learn and put into practice. Monday was a heavy law day, first of all learning about criminal attempts of certain offences, whilst the rest of the afternoon was learning about fraud- very interesting!
Tuesday was a big day, the first exam! I was very nervous beforehand, but it went very well and I passed. The feeling of relief was amazing!
Wednesday was our groups turn to learn about how to use the airwave radio terminals, but because I had used it extensively before as a special, I used the time to complete online learning packages which we are required to complete and revise!
Thursday was our groups turn to do scenes of crime training. It was a very interesting day and I learned a lot about how best to preserve a crime scene and what scenes of crime officers will expect from us. In the afternoon we had a practical assessment where we had to search a flat for items used in a crime scenario.
Friday was all about stop and search, learning the powers which we use in order to stop people, and also importantly how best to search people and what we need to inform the stopped person when we perform a search. Then in the afternoon we practiced searching all our colleagues! Good way to end the week.