Monday saw the September 2013 recruits learning about further traffic law such as wearing Seatbelts and the prohibited use of mobile phones. These are examples of common motor traffic offences which we will see first-hand when we get out on patrol, so learning the law aspect of it was valuable.
In the afternoon, we headed up to Albert Bartlett - a place we go frequently for role plays. This was our first time at practising pulling over vehicles and checking documents such as driving licences and insurance documents. As always, nerves were running high and anxiety was in the air, however we all accept that role plays are the best way we learn, so inevitably, they come weekly!
Tuesday morning had the pleasure of being greeted by Inspector Wileman, who had useful feedback on our uniforms. Some of the recruits will be under his direct inspection from January onwards so there was high level of effort put in! The rest of Tuesday involved an insightful and humorous discussion with Paul Bannier, representing the Drivers and Vehicles Standards Department. We had plenty of questions for him and we learnt about many aspects of motor vehicles, from tyre tread to different vehicle permits. He told us some interesting stories and it was a pleasure to hear them! Many thanks Mr Bannier! On Tuesday evening the Jersey recruits continued with their life saving training at Les Quennevais Sports Centre with Ross Angell. This was enjoyable as we learnt how to save people who were being physically aggressive towards us, so these skills are useful to have!
Wednesday morning involved a discussion with Dave De La Cour, from the Criminal Justice Department. This was very important for us as recruits, because we learnt how to submit good paperwork and avoid making erros which could slow the court system down. Dave gave us some useful tips with regards to statements, deadlines and questioning. We also had our second round of Jabs today - some finding it no problem and others eager to get it over with! Nevertheless, it's something we all have to do in order to be safe and assured at work in those unpleasant situations! Wednesday afternoon was a lesson on Drunk in Charge, and the SL500s - the device used at road side breath testing. These lessons were vital in order for us to understand why its important to enforce motor traffic law in particular. The facts and figures were surprising and I have certainly encouraged my friends to drive carefully and safely. Some lessons stick firmly in your mind and this was one of them!
Thursday morning saw us being tested on the SL500 devices which was straight forward but necessary. We then got to put our newly learnt skills into practice with several role plays in the afternoon! Again, role plays increase our nerves and get us all worrying, however the more we do, the more we improve our policing skills. Most of the time, we end up leaving the scenario saying "that was good! I learnt a lot!" Which is the aim of them!
On Thursday afternoon we had the dreaded weekly knowledge check. This is compulsory and although it is just a test to establish how we have coped with the content we've been taught that week, they still carry a lot of pressure and the emotions run high after the test whilst we wait for the anticipated results. Well done everyone! Just 6 more to go!
Then thank god it was Friday! We had a recap and assessment day of Officer Safety Practicals ie Self Defence and efficient use of our equipment. Initially we were nervous, however, once you step into a role play and see a crazy man shouting at you with a baseball bat - your policing instincts kick in swiftly and the spectators soon become forgotten about. They role plays started off mild, then gradually got more intense, with more challenges to deal with. It's an extremely valuable exercise, as we get to remind ourselves of the kit we are issued with, how to handcuff effectively and how to protect ourselves and others.
One thing that came as a great surprise to us was when the Dog Handlers arrived with PD Turbo, PD Evie and PD Ichelles. These beautiful looking dogs are expertly trained in controlling large, noisy crowds in public order situations. We as the recruits were "volunteered" to act as a rowdy bunch, shouting and shoving each other to simulate a realistic scenario for the dogs to practise their skills. At first it looked like Turbo was more interested in Evie than the noisy crowd, but once the female was absent from the scene, Turbo showed his fierce side and we were put in our place! It was extremely good fun and certainly insightful for those recruits looking into the prospect of dog handling in the future - so thank you for allowing us to help the dogs train! It was rewarding for everyone involved!
Finally some quotes worth mentioning this week (they can remain anonymous!):
"If you don't comply, it'll hurt more!" "If you just calm down, you'll panic less!"