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  1. NPPF Step 2 Constable to Sergeant Promotion Exam 2018

    Week 18

    Crime Chapter 13

    Child Protection

    Crime Chapter 14

    Theft and Related Offences

    Crime Chapter 15



    I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and may I wish you a very happy and successful 2016, particularly in respect of the promotion exam.  Now is the time to really focus on your studies, there is only just over two months to go.

    So this week we have we have three chapters from the Crime syllabus book, they are Chapter 13, Child Protection, Chapter 14, Theft and Related Offences, and finally this week Chapter 15, Fraud.

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    NPPF Step 2 Constable to Sergeant Promotion Exam

     Week 15


    Blackstone’s Volume

    Chapter Heading

    General Police Duties Chapter 13


    General Police Duties Chapter 14

    Civil Disputes

    General Police Duties Chapter 15

    Offences relating to Land and Property

     Another week with just three chapters, all from the General Police Duties syllabus book, starting with Chapter 13 Weapons, followed by Chapter 14 Civil Disputes, and lastly Offences Relating to Land and Property.

    Chapter 14 Weapons is a really important chapter because at the time your exam was written this was a highly topical subject and has remained right up there in the headlines ever since.

    This whole chapter merits a great deal of attention. I would really focus my attention on the section on ‘Having a Bladed or Pointed Article in Public Place.’ Get to know what sort of weapon is included, and also what type is not.  That is always a good place for the enterprising question writer to start. The rest is fairly straight forward, ‘with him in a public place.’              

    There is a defence to this too so make sure you know that as well. The Self Defence issue is an interesting one; the defendant must feel that on the balance of probabilities he is in fear of an imminent attack.  What is imminent? A good question, but the question writer will have to set out right from the offset that the issue is or is not imminent, and that should give you a pretty big clue.     

    Weapons on School Premises has a Defence as well as a Power of Entry. The defence is very obvious, had it with him for educational purposes, as the advert says ‘Simples’

    The Power of Entry is equally straight forward, you can enter and search both the premises and the people on the premises for weapons and offensive weapons. 

    If you find anything you can seize it. How straight forward is that.

    All through this chapter there are offences, with defences to go with them, get to know them all well. There are ages too, add them to your ages list, that should be getting really long by now.

    To go with that is an interesting power given to school staff to search for weapons. This is a good area to test, there are so many variables. For example the status of the person being searched, where they are, who is doing the searching and on whose authority. I am not sure this is likely to come up, but it could just be the tricky one they pop in to really test you.

    Our next chapter this week is Chapter 14, Civil Disputes and is another really short chapter, but one that is full of good areas for your examiners to test.  While any part of it could be tested, my preference is the section about Use of Violence or Intimidation. 

    There have been very few Industrial disputes until fairly recently and as such this section may have fallen under the examiners radar, but this is a good section to test. There are lots of variants, and that makes for an easy time for the question writer. 

    Remember that the whole purpose of the section is the specific intent built into the first line of section, that is that ‘the actions are carried out with a view to compelling another person to abstain from doing or to do some act they have a legal right to do or abstain from doing.’  Once you know that everything else falls into place.

    The whole section on Domestic Disputes merits a bit little more than a quick read too, make sure you know this.  There is no doubt this is something that is increasingly being taken seriously by the Police Service, and as such so should you. 

    If I were to summarise Chapter 15, Offences Relating to Land and Premises I would say it is full of Offences and Police Powers.  Regular readers to these articles will know how much importance I place on knowing Police Powers. So that is a good place to start, add all the Police Powers in this section to the list you started right back at the beginning of this process, and make sure you know them.

    A number of these powers are given to the Senior Police Officer present, so that is a power that could come to you either at your present rank, or at the rank you are studying to achieve.  All the more reason for you to know this well.

     The circumstances these offences are intended to deal with are what I would describe as progressive. By that I mean there is a series of events that are dependent on the previous event to lead to the next one.  If someone is trespassing, they are asked to leave, they refuse, and then they go back and so on.  The best way to understand this type of law is by developing a time line and not considering anything in isolation.

    I think you can afford to not spend too much time on the section about people attending a rave. It really is not topical, and the events that law was brought in to deal with have been largely dealt with. If I am honest I think you can apply that rule to most of the rest of this chapter. Please read it and read it carefully, but not more than one reading. If you are going to be tested on this section then it will not be more than a couple of questions and if you really don’t know the answer, you will have to revert to the tried and tested method of guessing.

    This week we have studied three relatively short chapters that should leave you some spare time.  Make the most of it by using the time to get in some of that important revision.   


    This week’s top tip is about your focus as we move into the last few weeks of study in the run up to the exam. There is not a lot of time to go, just three weeks before we finish the four Blackstone’s books and move into full time revision. 

    That does not mean that is when you should be starting to do your revision.  You are at the point that you should be using every second you have to revise, take your notes, lists, anything at all that will help you wherever you go and use that time to refresh your memory about those things we did a very long time ago.

    You should have noticed a real build up in your knowledge by know.  I hope so.  As I look at the delegates on my Supported Distance Learning programme I can see such a difference in them, I hope you notice it too.     

    At this point I get very predictable and dull, and issue my standard health warning, I am giving you some suggestions about areas to look at, sadly, I know as much about what will be in your exam as you do, and that is why I am very reluctant to suggest you study only those banker subjects.

    It has always been my belief that the only way you can be sure of passing this exam is to study carefully the entire syllabus.  I am not an advocate of study programme that says study this topic, but historically this topic will not come up, so don't bother with it.  I am giving you some suggestions about areas that are important, but it is right to point out that the only people who really know what is in your exam are the people in the exams unit at Harrogate.  Sadly they are not giving anything away.

    Please feel free to post comments on the Blog.  If you have any questions or things about the Study programme you are not sure about get in touch.  I will always answer your questions as soon as I can, always assuming someone knowledgable individual does not get there before me.       

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    There is not a very long time to go between now and the date of your exam, in fact only   days to go, and you have made a good start by starting now, so having resolved to start, keep going, it is not long now to your big day.  Make sure you stick with the programme until 6th March 2018.

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    Motivational Quote

    Our motivational quote this week comes from Henry Ford, and it is one of my real favourites, he said

    Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

    I am sure you can!


    Make sure you keep on keeping on.


    Best Wishes

    Phil Waters


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