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NPFF Step 2 Constable to Sergeant Exam 2017 Week 13

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NPPF Step 2 Constable to Sergeant Exam 2018


Week 13



Blackstone’s Volume

Chapter Heading

Roads Policing Chapter 7

Protection of Drivers, Riders and Passengers

Roads Policing Chapter 8

Highways and Safety Measures

Roads Policing Chapter 9

Construction and Use

If you have been following these articles from the beginning you will be pleased to know that this week sees us into the second half of the programme.  This week we look at the next three chapters from the Roads Policing Blackstone’s Syllabus book.  They are Chapter 7, Protection of Drivers, Riders and Passengers, Chapter 8, Highways and Safety Measures, and finally Chapter 9, Construction and Use.  

The first chapter this week is Chapter 7 Protection of Drivers and Passengers, a short chapter, but one full of good areas to test. Start with Seat Belts, lots of figures and ages involved here. The best way to get all this back is to draw it out on a piece of paper, that will really help get the figures and ages firmly planted in your brain. 

The short section on Exemptions talks about ‘some degree’ of exemption, move on, that will not provide sufficient certainty for a question writer. The second half of this section is more likely, but not a great deal so. I would just read it all and move on. 

Within the section on Speeding the stand out section is the ‘Exemption for Police, Fire, and Ambulance Purposes.‘ Give that one a good look, it is an important section, just right to be tested.  

Lastly in this section, in the sub para headed Proof of Speed, don’t forget that Speeding is one of those offences that needs Corroboration.  

Our second chapter this week is Chapter 8 Highways and Safety Measures, historically a chapter that is often tested.  This chapter has a number of issues that are obviously dangerous, and a piece of legislation that contains one of the best lines in law. It is an offence to allow any filth, dirt, lime or other offensive matter to run or flow onto a highway.  I don’t expect it to come up, but I just love it.  

It comes in the section headed Dangerous Activities on Highways, as does the offence of playing football on a highway, and if I were to write a question about that I would write one about the other part of this offence, ‘or any other game.’ Most young boys know it was King James who made playing football in the street illegal, because people were doing that instead of archery practice, but the ‘other game’ section does not figure in that particular piece of history.  

I think anything that involves danger is a good possibility to be tested for very obvious reasons, so have a good look at all these.  

Have a look at the section on your Powers to Remove Vehicles from Roads, it applies to a wide range of people, and circumstances. Add it to your list of Police Powers, and then learn off by heart.  This section is not just about removing vehicles, it is also about moving them within the road too. 

The section on Off Road Driving links back to a Power to Seize, if accompanied by the use of the vehicle causing alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.  There is an exception, but that is conditional for parking the vehicle.  This too was tested in the last Sergeants exam.

 The whole section on skips is both easy to test and regularly tested. Take some time to get to know this well.  The last section I would look at this week is the Powers of Fire-Fighters in an Emergency. I can see this as a ‘PC Bloggins, a student officer has just come back from the scene of a fire and she asks you  etc etc.... Get to know this area too.          

Now we move on to the last chapter you are going to study in the Roads Policing book this year, Chapter 9 Construction and Use and it is full of offences that are easy to test. As is often the way this chapter opens with some explanatory information before it goes into the information it is going to test, read them before you move on.

 The section on Tyres is a very rich area for a question writer. This is an area where if you don’t understand it, or work in it, it is difficult to understand so the best way to get a good understanding is to draw the law out on a piece of paper so you can see what each line means. That way you will have a good understanding of exactly what the   legislators mean. Another useful hint would be to talk to a vehicle examiner in your force, and ask them to go through the legislation as it is reproduced in Blackstone’s and show you exactly what each line means.  

When you look at this chapter particularly it shows how important it was to study the first chapter of the Roads Policing where all the definitions are laid out, because they all relate to the different types of vehicle mentioned in Construction and Use.    

The ‘Quitting’ offence here, is an interesting one in that both parts of the driver’s actions must be done or the offence is made out.  i.e. the engine must be stopped AND the brake set.  Miss one or the other, and the offence is complete.  

When you look at the section on ‘Lights’ don’t forget there are two ‘lighting up times’, daytime hours and hours of darkness (half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset. The times for the 1989 regs (The period between sunset and sunrise and the period between sunrise and sunset).  They relate to different things, and you need to know which is which.    

I would have a good look too, at the section on Testing, which vehicles can be tested, and which are exempt.  I would get to know too the section on Roadside Tests because that is a police power. It is important that you know when the power can be used, and in which circumstances. This is one of those areas where there is a very practical power along with a very nice offence, and I can see a good question around a set of circumstances that maybe do not involve an accident but lead you to thinking the power can be used. Make sure you know this section well.    

In the run up to Christmas the chapters this week are a real treat in that they are all short, but don’t put your feet up just yet, the study programme gives you a week off for Christmas.  If you have any time to spare this week use it to revise some of the things we looked at right back at the beginning.      

Top Tip

This week’s top tip is about reading the question when you are testing your knowledge, and doing the exam.  Two tips really, first of all cover up the answer options, so you can work out what you think the answer is before you look for it.  If your choice is there, bingo, you are in business, but if it is not then you will have some working out to do. 

Secondly when you read the question, read the last sentence first. That way when you read the main body of the question you are reading it with the same mindset as the person who wrote it.  

On my company web-site at www.executiveguidance.co.uk I have a blog you can access to discuss OSPRE Part 1 and add some top tips of your own, it would be good to see you there, or you can access me from the Police Oracle OSPRE Part 1 Forum. I visit both regularly and I will answer any of your questions as soon as I see them, always assuming some other knowledgeable person does not get there before me. 

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. 

I regularly Tweet about Part 1, particularly during the run in to the exam and you can follow me @Executive Guidance  

There is still a long way to go between now and the date of your exam, but that equates to exactly 76  days to go, and you have made a good start by starting now, so having resolved to start, make sure you stick with the programme until 8th March 2018. 


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Motivational Quote. 

This week’s lengthy quote is a real cracker and comes from a 19th century American Temperance Orator, John B.Gough, who said

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some-one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.

Don’t wait, keep on keeping on, and get there under your own steam. 

See you next week when we look at the last blog before the Christmas break. 

Phil Waters

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