18 months in the TA before you can join the Regs?

Turn a bottle neck in training/appointment into a virtue? Lancashire did something similar in the late eighties. They were getting 30 year old candidates, many female, who had they formed up earlier in life would have been a shoe-in. So they asked them to do a spell in the Specials before re-applying. It backfired a bit because a lot of them ended up in "next-door" constabularies or heading down to the Met! All forces that wouldn't have taken them, without a bit of experience...

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