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Is there any way of joining the Met if you live outside of London? I'd like to become an AFO and perhaps eventually a CTSFO
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Is there any way of joining the Met if you live outside of London? I'd like to become an AFO and perhaps eventually a CTSFO
If you are a Special in the Met, I believe the Met London residency requirement gets waived after a while. However, I wouldn't go around telling people you want to become a CTSFO - they'll roll their eyes at you.

Focus on joining the job and then becoming a really good response officer. After around five years, consider applying to firearms. CTSFO's aren't unique to the Met, they are gradually replacing the SFO role across the country. So join whatever force you want and you'll have the opportunity.
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If you are a Special in the Met, I believe the Met London residency requirement gets waived after a while. However, I wouldn't go around telling people you want to become a CTSFO - they'll roll their eyes at you.

Focus on joining the job and then becoming a really good response officer. After around five years, consider applying to firearms. CTSFO's aren't unique to the Met, they are gradually replacing the SFO role across the country. So join whatever force you want and you'll have the opportunity.
How long does training take?
Do you need to know all of the laws in the uk?
Do specials the same kind of the training that normal officers get?
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How long does training take?
Do you need to know all of the laws in the uk?
Do specials the same kind of the training that normal officers get?
Training usually takes 16 weeks from start to finish, and then you'll have a period of tutorship out on the streets. When you finish your tutorship, you get signed off for solo patrol and are then on probation for two years.

God no, there's no way anyone could remember all of the laws in the UK. You have to know all of the big ones, like Theft, Robbery, Public Order, etc. Eventually you'll just memorise these because you use them so often and you need to know them to pass exams during training.

Specials get given the same training but it's condensed, usually over a few weekends. 90% of the training that Specials get is out on the streets with their tutors. In my opinion the initial training course for Specials isn't adequate.
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If you are a Special in the Met, I believe the Met London residency requirement gets waived after a while. However, I wouldn't go around telling people you want to become a CTSFO - they'll roll their eyes at you.

Focus on joining the job and then becoming a really good response officer. After around five years, consider applying to firearms. CTSFO's aren't unique to the Met, they are gradually replacing the SFO role across the country. So join whatever force you want and you'll have the opportunity.
Thanks for the advice! Much appreciated
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what's the worst thing to happen on the job that you have experienced?
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What’s your salary?
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Don't have a question, but just wanted to comment on your username, it cracked me up. Top marks :lol:
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Did you go to university? If so, did you do a degree that helped you get into the force? Or can you get into the police with no higher education?
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How do you become a detective? And could you do it with a law degree?
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I applied to be an Enquiry Officer, got through, interviewed, but failed at the last hurdle (my answers went a bit off tangent and I didn’t intrinsically link them to the core competencies and spec). However I did really revise and I even wrote out revision notes on different pieces of legislation in case I was asked (they said it could come up).
They told me not to give up and keep trying but I don’t know how you can interview well for public sector positions? The questions are so open/broad and I just don’t understand how to interview well if I get offered another interview, seeing as I did my research and did everything else you’d normally do for an interview (dress well, appear confident, good handshake, ask questions, presented myself well enough, etc), any help?
I’m a current graduate btw
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What’s your salary?
The pay scale for Police Constables can be found here: http://www.polfed.org/ranks/3277.aspx

If you're in the Met, you get an added 'London Weighting' because living in London is so expensive.
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Did you go to university? If so, did you do a degree that helped you get into the force? Or can you get into the police with no higher education?
You can absolutely join the Police with no higher education. You need a level 3 qualification, which I believe is the equivalent of an A-Level, but other courses are accepted. I know of someone who did Beauty and Makeup at college and got in, because it was technically a level 3 qualification.

I studied English at University, and it didn't help me get into the force per se, but it did give me confidence and interpersonal skills, without which I would not have passed the assessment process.
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what's the worst thing to happen on the job that you have experienced?
I haven't experienced anything that bad because I haven't been in for that long, but fatal road traffic collisions are always awful, especially if they involve children.
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How do you become a detective? And could you do it with a law degree?
Yeah you could do it with a law degree, or any other degree, or no degree at all.

You would become a detective the same way you would specialise as anything else (Dog handler, Traffic, Firearms etc). After your probation you could apply to CID (Criminal Investigation Department) and if you have the requisite case portfolio/skillset, you should be fine. CID across the country are desperate for detectives currently because there's a national detective shortage.
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l_ecn why not ask your questions here?
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TheTeachersPet why not ask your questions here?
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what do you think of vigilanties who take the law into their own hands like Batman
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Do you think the increase in crime is because the Police funding and force has been cut under the current government?


On a side note, thanks for policing Police Officer.
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