Do any forces use CS now? I thought most were moving or had moved to PAVA.Not needed. Recruits do an extensive officer safety course using Home Office approved techniques which are practised regulary. If you start knocking seven bells out of the baddies using Kung Fu tactics you may be questioned by a defence lawyer if the moves you used are Home Office taught and approved.
Officers are issued extendable metal batons called ASP's and CS spray which evened things up for a lot of female officers.
Whatever your job role is, I bet being vertical does not figure too highly in the activitiesI echo the comments made by @supermatelot and others regarding persec and locking down social media. I have been advised by colleagues, one of whom is heavily into OSINT, to minimise my digital footprint. I have a FB account but I have restricted who can see it. I have never posted anything at all about my current employment and I don't have any recent phots or any personal details on it. I don't subscribe to any other social media accounts such as tw@tter or snipchat or the like. I am quite protective of my personal information at the best of times and it's quite easy for those with even basic skills to hoover up a lot of information about an individual.
Even though I'm not Old Bill (and never have been) I've made the decision not to discuss what I do for a living and there's only one person outside my organisation that knows what I do and who it is I work for. I would suggest that anyone going into policing carefully consider and be very cautious about what job-related information they share on the t'interwebs, especially if they are looking at specialising or considering moving on to more 'interesting' roles further down the line. Not forgetting that OCGs and high level criminal individuals will seek to target police officers with the intention to threaten or intimidate them (or their families), corrupt them or worse.
@Toastie From what reaches my ears the scheme has been a disaster (in the Met).
Enrol into some manner of self defence class; regardless of her future career path, the ability to look after oneself has never been a handicap. In this regard, Krav Maga is rarely found wanting.
Get an interest outside of work. Be that classical guitar, Banksy's finest works, learning Serbo-Croat or piano lessons. Have somewhere you can retreat to when the world of work gets a bit severe.
Don't break yourself for the job dude.
You are only a number. They'll recycle the collar numbers, just not you.
Police dogs. These are worth their weight in gold as crime fighting tools. Principle use is when a suspect is disturbed in a burglary and decamps known in police jargon as 'Suspects on' (premises). First officer goes to the scene and finds out what has happened. Other officers surround the area. Dog unit arrives and tracks from the scene after billy the burglar. Helicopter called if available and uses infra red camera if BB and pals are hiding near the scene. Dogs are also useful in minor public order situations where yobs are playing up and gobbing off. A couple of police dogs in full land shark mode displaying snarling teeth works wonders.
However, contrary to what some people might think, they cannot (or can't be arsed) distinguish between the goodies and baddies and its best not to get too close to them as blue on blue can easly happen. I can't remember if it was a 'suspects on' or a public order situation but a dog handler told me that his dog was less than an inch from taking a large chunk out of my calf. After that I always gave them a wide berth. If they were out tracking in my direction I would stay in the car just in case Rin Tin Tin's 'Identification, Friend or Foe' doggy radar was defective.
Police dogs are always kept at home. At least in the Met they were. To be a dog handler you had to have a suitable house with a garden.He kept his dog at home where the dog was soft as a stuffed toy, his little girls used to sit on it, pull its ears and otherwise give it a hard time, never any reaction to the kids.
Police dogs are always kept at home. At least in the Met they were. To be a dog handler you had to have a suitable house with a garden.