The Police Now Spring Induction is nearly here! This is the first opportunity for all the successful Police Now 2017 applicants to meet one another and start getting ready for their training in the Summer.
The Police Now HQ team decided to take this opportunity to ask two Police Now 2016 participants to tell us about their experience of the Spring Induction last April. Here is what PC Weronika Strug, community beat manager with Lancashire Constabulary, and PC George Potter, dedicated ward officer with the Metropolitan Police Service, had to say.
Question: What did you find most helpful about the Spring Induction?
WS: “The most helpful part of the Spring Induction was that we could ask ANY questions we had. Surprisingly even the questions I thought were too simple or silly to ask were coming up, so I literally had all my questions and worries answered right away.”
GP: “It’s a great time to meet the people you’ll train with and ask the questions you’ve been wondering about. For me, I remember it as the first step to becoming a police officer.”
Question: How did you feel meeting the other Police Now participants?
GP: “The thing that made the Spring Induction special for me was the fact that it’s the first time you’re meeting your cohort. You look around at a room full of strangers but in four months’ time when you’ve completed your training you will have shared this unique, demanding and challenging experience that will have changed you. I met a lot of friends, and even my housemate, through Police Now.”
WS: “It was good to meet other participants, especially those who were going to work for the same police force as me. It helped knowing that we were all ‘in the same boat’ with the preparation for the Summer Academy. We had a WhatsApp group in which we discussed revision material and helped each other prepare.”
Question: How was it training with people going to different forces?
GP: “Training with other police forces really opens your eyes as to how different some of the problems you face in the job can be. My average day in North London might be quite different to someone in Surrey. When our standard response doesn’t work, asking colleagues from other forces how they would deal with the issue usually helps me find a new approach. Plus, it’s always nice to know I’ll have a place to stay if I ever fancy a trip to Birmingham!”
WS: “It’s great having friends in other forces as we can share ideas and best practice. It also makes the Hundred Day Impact events more exciting as we get to see everyone again after a long break!”
Question: What advice would you give to those going to the Spring Induction this year?
WS: “Relax! I remember being really stressed out and panicking about the process. There is no set time for receiving your final offer as everyone is treated as an individual case for their fitness, medical and vetting checks, some take a couple of weeks and others a few months. Also, take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have – prepare them in advance and just ask – there is most likely another person in the room wondering the exact same thing as you.”
GP: “It can be challenging, and a little overwhelming to be thrown into such a large group, but the best advice I can give is keep meeting people and really making an effort. You’ll be spending six or so weeks working closely with these people and your working relationship stretches on long after that.”
We’re looking forward to seeing those of you coming to this year’s Spring Induction. It’s looking to be a great day!