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  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:35 pm
    Peace out guys, have a good one
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:34 pm
    Farewell folks
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:32 pm
    Ok Gentlemen, thank you for attending, it is now time for my weekly BATH :slhehe: so I will say Adios, thanks again guys
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:30 pm
    Cheers, I’ll have a listen in the morning
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:29 pm
    Yeah agreed TMH, just listening to the latest on COVID in prisons, a podcast from last month focuses on 1 prisoner released who tells The Guardian what prison has been like for him amidst Coronovirus regime precautions https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/ ... ns-podcast
    press the play button to listen to the podcast , its a pretty good 25 minutes
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:29 pm
    The GF case is tragic. Should never have happened. As for Covid- I really don’t know, due to the level of cover up and misinformation throughout the pandemic it may be some time before we ever see the true picture (if ever)
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:20 pm
    Ok any thoughts on Covid 19 then? we havent heard much lately about COVID in prisons which must be good
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:18 pm
    I’ll sit this one out
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:15 pm
    As an aside, any thoughts on the George Floyd case?
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:11 pm
    I imagine it will depend on each prisons LSS
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:11 pm
    falkor wrote: What are they doing on IOW then Jambo? :slhe:
    no idea I've not spoken to anyone from there but it's pretty violent there so hoping some protection would be given out. If I pass the virtual interview I will as for a tour o I can see what it's like there
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:09 pm
    What are they doing on IOW then Jambo? :slhe:
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:07 pm
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    TMH90 wrote: Body worn cameras were detailed to different staff members each day but this may be differ by establishment. As for stab vests, there was nothing like that when I left and haven’t heard of any newly introduced protection except Pava.
    from what ive picked up on Google it's different for different prisons
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:06 pm
    Body worn cameras were detailed to different staff members each day but this may be differ by establishment. As for stab vests, there was nothing like that when I left and haven’t heard of any newly introduced protection except Pava.
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:04 pm
    Taff would know that
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:03 pm
    £8 well spent, do you have to wear stab vests and cameras now
  • JCOX4Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:02 pm
    A lot harder in real life than the youtube men make it look!
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:02 pm
    I don’t know anything about relocation, sorry. Kit wise, you’ll be provided with everything, although you may need to purchase your own utility belt (only around £8 for a viper belt with no pouches).
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 8:01 pm
    JCOX welcome! what happened to the flooring? :slby:
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:01 pm
    Never to late
  • JCOX4Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:01 pm
    Am I too late to join the party?
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 pm
    I stupidly quit my job in December so hopei I have passed the virtual interview so I know to concentrate on fitness and my other tests
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:58 pm
    I wish I knew what to ask, do the prisons do relocation packages? Also what kind of kit do you have to wear I've heard all different things
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:58 pm
    I waited 13 months from Rad to poelt on my first attempt so I know it may take a while. I’m in a good position at the moment so not fazed by waiting it out. It takes as long as it takes
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:57 pm
    Jambo, Taff any questions for TMH? officer like questions? :slhe:
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:56 pm
    Good luck getting back in, sounds like you will soon as a position comes available
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:55 pm
    Hehe you will find it a breeze TMH, it'll be like a holiday for you, no wonder you're looking forward to it ! :sltgn:
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:54 pm
    I’m currently on the merit list for my old establishment and 3 other local prisons. I contacted my old jail when I decided I wanted to go back and was advised that I’d need to go through the whole process again which is fair enough. I’ve been on the merit list a little over 6 months now
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:51 pm
    TMH what stage are you at lately?
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:47 pm
    TMH90 wrote: I left after 5 months, regrettably. Poelt was great, thoroughly enjoyed it- but it is a million miles away from what you’re going in to. It can be overwhelming and stressful when you go live and I felt like a burden. Had a few bad days in a row, didn’t ask for help and then boom 🤯, made a rash decision to leave which I’ve regretted since.
    sorry to hear that man
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:47 pm
    TMH90 wrote:
    Thu May 28, 2020 6:03 pm
    In the time I’ve been away, I’ve reflected on where I could have done things differently to prevent everything getting on top off me. It’s a big change for anyone, stepping on the landings as the newbie but I’ll certainly have a different approach if I’m fortunate enough to get an offer. 🤞🏻
    TMH you are a fantastic asset on here, not sure we have anybody else with your amount of experience!! :slbg:
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:46 pm
    Yea glad I got the interview out the way and no straight no on emails so that's a good sign. I won't mention on Job as I had shit time lost my house etc to a ex so was a mess but it was only a few months
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:45 pm
    I left after 5 months, regrettably. Poelt was great, thoroughly enjoyed it- but it is a million miles away from what you’re going in to. It can be overwhelming and stressful when you go live and I felt like a burden. Had a few bad days in a row, didn’t ask for help and then boom 🤯, made a rash decision to leave which I’ve regretted since.
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:43 pm
    Jambogmail1 wrote: Anyone know what is involved in the vetting such as checking out old jobs? I was sacked once many years ago. Or do they just check you worked where you said you did
    I think the pertinent section here is "many years ago" and the fact that you got interviewed is a good sign
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:38 pm
    What happened in that 2 years? :slby:
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:38 pm
    Yes, I was doing poelt this time 2 years back
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:37 pm
    @TMH90 welcome man
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:37 pm
    Hehe nice one, I believe I am right that you were an officer a couple of years ago, is that correct?
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:36 pm
    Anyone know what is involved in the vetting such as checking out old jobs? I was sacked once many years ago. Or do they just check you worked where you said you did
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:36 pm
    Feeding time at the zoo, Falk. Nursing a food baby
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:35 pm
    TMH90 welcome, what you been doing?
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:35 pm
    Could be a barrel of laughs if you have smart instructors
  • TMH90Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:35 pm
    Apologies for being late. Let me catch up
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:35 pm
    That's good news
  • Taff86Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:34 pm
    Fingers crossed yeah, they have cut the course down to 8 weeks now aswel, and have heard that there is no exam at the end, just workbooks
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:34 pm
    I read they will pay my ferry and take it from my wages hope this is true as it's about 3k a year
  • falkorSat Jun 20, 2020 7:33 pm
    Sounds like you have made such a good start Taff :slcl:
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:33 pm
    That's really good of him
  • Taff86Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:33 pm
    Plus he has said if i have trouble with anything on my poelt to drop him a email, so its all good
  • Jambogmail1Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:32 pm
    falkor wrote: IOW will be a perfect mission when you have moved there, sounds brill but getting there prior to that sounds a chore :slhmm:
    yea massivepain but there is a quick ferry 15min but still if the weather is bad it would effect me
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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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