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by londonlad81
Wed May 12, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Vetting Process
Replies: 552
Views: 12800

Re: Vetting Process

Bearguy that’s great!! It’s been a long process for you!
by londonlad81
Tue May 11, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Mental health declaration
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: Mental health declaration

Being honest, I’d echo this advice. I’ve only been out of training a few months. I’ve seen grown men break down in tears telling me how stressed they are, people self harming in front of me, done constant watches on people wanting to kill themselves. You will deal with depressed, angry, emotional pe...
by londonlad81
Tue May 11, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Failed vetting appeal
Replies: 84
Views: 4816

Re: Failed vetting appeal

I went through this last year. If I understand it right, once you’ve passed the ARC or VRC, you go on the merit list. Once they allocate you a place, you get an email telling you where your going and if you want to accept it or not. If you’ve applied to multiple places, you’ll get emails the same ti...
by londonlad81
Tue May 11, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Training
Replies: 23
Views: 754

Re: Training

Kat- I think the apprenticeship scheme is starting soon , which was delayed due to covid. In that case the training schedule is different, from what I understand. However POELT training is 8 weeks. You go to a training centre, and the course in Monday- Friday. You start every Monday at 1pm and finis...
by londonlad81
Tue May 11, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Training and residential
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Training and residential

On POELT training you’ll start at 1pm every Monday and finish on Fridays by 1200.
by londonlad81
Tue May 11, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Training and residential
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Training and residential

Bit late on here but I’ll try and answer. If you’re training at Wandsworth, you’ll stay in a hotel. There is a train station near by, there is also a car park at Wandsworth but it does get pretty full quite quickly due to staff parking there. By all means, take food and drink to your hotel, whatever...
by londonlad81
Tue May 11, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Training
Replies: 23
Views: 754

Re: Training

In training you’ll work Mon- Fri. Before you start training, and after you’ll shadow at your prison. The hours you do there will be up to your prison. As for staying away, that’s a strong possibility. It could well be that you can commute there daily, if near enough. Otherwise, you’ll stay there. SS...
by londonlad81
Mon May 10, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Unsuccessful application
Replies: 7
Views: 352

Re: Unsuccessful application

Even if you apply with a different email address it sometimes recognises you have a pending application, I’m not sure how. Anyway you’ve passed the VRC, so not point doing it again! You have to call SSCL who will mirror over your results. It can take a week to do, but that’s how I did it. I then got...
by londonlad81
Mon May 10, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Failed vetting appeal
Replies: 84
Views: 4816

Re: Failed vetting appeal

The real me... what’s your situation again mate.?You previously served and resigned in probation didn’t you? Was this a jail up north?...
by londonlad81
Mon May 10, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Wearing your officer uniform, in a pub....
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: Wearing your officer uniform, in a pub....

It’s certainly true that some prisons had a mess with a bar in it, and that they could drink at lunchtimes..and that’s wasn’t all that long ago...times have changed! People still do go to the pub, on a lunchtime and do have a drink, of course they’re not really supposed to consume alcohol when going...
by londonlad81
Fri May 07, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: What is more beneficial ?
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: What is more beneficial ?

Personally I’d stay on the 37 hour week contract and do overtime. You’ll not do so many early or late shifts on 41 hours.
I’d prefer to extend my shifts when it suits me, and keep my rest days.
I think there will always be overtime going, there is at my place anyway.
by londonlad81
Sat May 01, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Wedding during POELT - refused one day off!
Replies: 12
Views: 449

Re: Wedding during POELT - refused one day off!

SSCL are not helpful at all!... I’d take the job offer and tell your establishment when you get there.. they should be fine for one day off, for your own wedding ! In POELT training, we were told if someone was off for more than 2 days, they wouldn’t be able to catch up but your only asking for one ...
by londonlad81
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Blood pressure
Replies: 64
Views: 1316

Re: Blood pressure

Jessica, shame your reading of 115 was too high, the test must be 170/100. If either reading is too high you can’t do the fitness test.
The rubbish thing is, I’m quite fit but get stressed when I have my blood pressure taken in a medical setting. Obviously it must be a common thing here !
by londonlad81
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Blood pressure
Replies: 64
Views: 1316

Re: Blood pressure

Congratulations! I have a blood pressure test for something else.. any tips? What did you do to calm your nerves?
by londonlad81
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Ask a Prison Officer
Topic: Blood pressure
Replies: 64
Views: 1316

Re: Blood pressure

So do you do this whilst you have it taken or just beforehand? Do you take a deep breath before holding your breath?