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  • Snowy206Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:27 pm
    Sorry I missed you guys yesterday, hopefully catch-up next time. 👍
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:15 pm
    Ive been searching for ages and all I get is that bloke doing his vlog :slRA2:
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 6:10 pm
    Okay, you are a man on a mission, will be good when you get the link !! :slcl: (we'll all be glued to the TV watching it!) mind you Tony Robinson is always worth a look in the meantime
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 6:07 pm
    Nope wrong again. That was someone commenting on it. Ill be back when ive found it
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 5:59 pm
    Was it app.php/video?mode=view&id=30 ? I think NOS queried if that was the right series
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:58 pm
    Dis you find a link for the crime and punishment Paddy?
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:52 pm
    Haha im going to watch it this evening. Im almost certain its one ive missed
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 5:51 pm
    Thanks Paddy, what a chat!! time for part 2 of crime and Punishment :slhehe:
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:50 pm
    Yeah im sure it will be back on soon enough. Nice chatting with you all
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 5:48 pm
    That is nuts, I have no idea why, however I believe it will correct over a few days, its all to do with that GoDaddy stuff surely and the GoDaddy registration isnt necessary (just a nicety) to a proboards operation, so I think certainly give it 7 days, will all be back to normal
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:25 pm
    Falkor the site doesnt let you do anything. If you try click login it comes up with the error page
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 5:15 pm
    Meanwhile, yes it was just a temp blip http://prisonofficeruk.proboards.com/ paddy you can continue the other half of your convo now :slhe:
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:12 pm
    Awsome, look forward to it and congrats again on passing
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:11 pm
    Did i read youve 2 weeks left? Are you then back for 1 more shadow week or is that included in those 2 weeks you said youve got left
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 5:11 pm
    Im gonna shoot off, gotta get tea on the go before the other half gets back from work and walk the pooch. Ill chat with Falkor and arrange another Mchat in the very near future :-)
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 5:10 pm
    Ah fair dos! At times ive wished I had summer training, we use the NTRG training cells that are in an old hanger and is like a fridge in their, had some very cold times being prisoner locked in a cell!!
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:09 pm
    I want it covering anyway as it really is stupid. Ive got a feeling it could be towards summer based on what people are saying and how many are waiting on dates.
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 5:06 pm
    Perhaps get yourself long sleeve shirts? or this time of year the fleece jacket isn't coming off anyway because its freezing so don't worry too much, if you're not overly fussed about it and don't mind the questions and looking at their tattoos it shouldn't be an issue
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:04 pm
    Ive actually got my name down my arm (dont ask, it really is as stupid as it sounds, i was young and drunk). Seriously debating a cover up before i start hahaha
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 5:03 pm
    So yeh get use to "guv" "boss" or "BANG BANG BANG Oiiiii!" from behind the door
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 5:02 pm
    The prisoners expect you to know all 950+ of their names but they don't bother to learn your name unless they want something from you :p
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:01 pm
    Haha, i wondered what you get called now. Ive seen many threads where you are called your name or surname or guv etc i guess that depends where you are based
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 5:00 pm
    Tough skin and not mind being called "guv" or "boss" all day!!
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 5:00 pm
    @JCOX4 hahaha yeah i got that. Unfortunately i expected it somewhat. You kind of become immune to it. Which is good anyway when you want to go into this career. As im sure youve got to have tough skin at times lol
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:58 pm
    Sorry I meant the comment, not being gay
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:57 pm
    Paddy wrote: The main one that pissed me off was "you cant do that you're gay"
    wow that is disgusting
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:57 pm
    Yeah that what i said, not like im walking in there with a badge saying it but it definitly encouraged me to work harder for it
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:55 pm
    I wouldn't go shouting it to the prisoners but its not like a disability that is going to stop you doing your job well, I think if anything someone telling you that will give you the drive to go and do it even better than you ever wanted to!
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:54 pm
    Yeah my reply was its not stopped me so far so why would i let it now
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:53 pm
    Oh wow! Somewhat old fashioned opinion!! Ive seen gay prisoners, officers and already knew someone from my previous hometown who is gay and is doing great in the service!
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:53 pm
    Then the usual, but you're not strong, youre not over 6 foot etc
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:53 pm
    Not that i tell everyone but its not like anyone knows me on here haha
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:52 pm
    The main one that pissed me off was "you cant do that you're gay"
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:52 pm
    Don't get me wrong its scary the moment you walk on the wing for the first time during induction, you've got no training, no radio, no baton and you don't know anyone, definitely need a few deep breath moments at times but it is really good to see everything
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:50 pm
    What were their reasons?
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:50 pm
    Thats great to hear. Ive had a few people try put me off (the reasons where ridiculous) and to be honest i cut ties with those. Family are really supportive about it tho
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:49 pm
    falkor wrote: What happened? :slwott:
    someone aint paid the rent lol
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:48 pm
    Id say within 3 days I was happy to move around and be on a wing with prisoners around, we wearnt generally allowed to be too far away from an officer at all times but when prisoners had gone off to work and only the wing cleaners were out the staff were happy to let us wander about, speak to prisoners when they pressed their bells and come back to them with things we needed to know
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:46 pm
    Other staff were generally great, we've met some really really helpful other officers, admittedly there were a few who were a pain but the good far out weighed the bad
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:46 pm
    The first day was very paperworky, things like key talks, collecting uniform, going to security for ID etc but we did come across a few prisoners and I have to say it was a very nervous time. From then on it got better and the nervy feelings left, just worth remembering when you're moving around prison by yourself or in your groups don't let prisoners through any gates! They will pressure you into it and probably be allowed but not worth the risk of getting in bother
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:46 pm
    Says it needs renewing so im guessing whoever runs it either hasnt noticed or doesnt want to do it
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 4:45 pm
    Could be temporary blip, we need choices after all
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 4:45 pm
    What happened? :slwott:
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:45 pm
    @falkor yeah that prisonofficeruk. One. I was halfway through a conversation, refreshed it and now it just goes to godaddy lol
  • falkorSat Jan 18, 2020 4:44 pm
    Going down? :sloo:
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:43 pm
    @JCOX4 maybe due to the other site going down hahaha
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:43 pm
    Where you nervous? How did staff and others react?
  • JCOX4Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:43 pm
    When I joined this forum it was pretty quiet, just the same couple of names replying to posts, but the last week the forum seems to of come alive :slyay:
  • PaddySat Jan 18, 2020 4:42 pm
    @northorsouth how was your first couple of days shadowing?
  • northorsouthSat Jan 18, 2020 4:42 pm
    Definitely guys, if some of you have similar start dates or things happen you're bound to help each other out with questions and things too
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Site Logo Prison Officers have always had a tough job to do but none tougher than today.

Prisons today lack Officers with experience and often you will find yourself working with Officers who like you, are still learning and gaining experience.

Prisons are needed , the public need protecting from those members of society who choose to commit the worst crimes and lets be honest here, the people in our prisons have largely committed the worst crimes and did so for their own reasons, it wasn't to benefit society at large and now its your job to rehabilitate them.

Yes the public need protecting from these people and you're there to get that job done, but at the end of the day, probably way too soon, they will be on their way out to start the whole circle of reoffending yet again.

Can you make a difference? Can you stop that from happening? You will have a hard enough job already just keeping the peace, just preventing prisoner on prisoner assaults and of course prisoner on officer assaults, not to mention drug possession which of course is rife.

Prison Officers today more than ever need the mentoring and leadership, from highly experienced Officers in their prison, who sadly are no longer there, basically its up to you and your fellow trainees, you deserve good pay, good conditions and good acknowledgement that you are doing a worthwhile job. Good luck.


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