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NPPF Step 2 Sergeant to Inspector Exam Blog 2017 Week 13

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NPPF Step 2 Sergeant – Inspector exam 2017 Weekly Blog 

Roads Policing Chapter 4

Reportable Accidents

Roads Policing Chapter 5

Drink, Driving and Drugs

Roads Policing Chapter 6



Roads Policing is an important topic in you exam, because you have less syllabus topics to deal with and therefore, I would suggest you need a greater knowledge of the topics.  The first two chapters this week are both historically heavily tested by your examiners.

We start this week with Chapter 4 Accidents and Collisions.  This is only a short chapter, but as I have already indicated, one which is historically very well tested.  The definition of a ‘Reportable Accident’ is one of those that if you don’t know off by heart it would be a good thing to do.  I know it is long and involved, but having that safely tucked away in your memory would be a good fall back. It would also be worth while getting to know the offences that relate to this definition.  Add it to the list of definitions you have on your index cards, and take some time to get to know it.  

Make sure you know the offences too. Failing to stop, and report is two offences, not one.

The second chapter this week is Chapter 4 Drink Drugs and Driving, a chapter that historically has been very heavily tested, andcontains a number of good areas to test.  For instance the offence of being ‘Unfit through Drink or Drugs’ is committed in a Mechanically Propelled Vehicle, while the Prescribed Limit Offence is committed in a Motor Vehicle.  Those sorts of difference are important to highlight, and to remember in your study. 

I can’t imagine the Examinations Unit asking you anything specific about the numbers involved in the Prescribed Limit offence, but just in case you are struggling to remember them, try this.  They all add up to 8.   3+5=8, 8+0=8 and finally 1+0+7+8.  It might help.

This chapter will also extend your list of ‘In Uniform’ Powers.  Powers of arrest and entry are both covered in this section and are there to be tested. It is also well worth having a good look at the hospital procedure, although I guess it is not as likely to be tested in this exam as it was in your Sergeants one. As a Sergeant you may well have been taking drivers through the hospital procedure and therefore should be quite familiar with it.

I would make sure you know where the various tests can be administered, a good question could set out some circumstances which do not meet the ‘at or near’ criteria, but fits the bill in all other aspects, that way you could get lulled into missing that important part of the question.

The Procedure Following an Accident is also a good area to test, because it differs from other drink driving regulations in two significant ways, firstly the officer making the request does not need to suspect the person had been drinking, and secondly the officer making the requirement does not have to be in uniform.      

I have said many times in this series how important it is to study and remember Police Powers and there are plenty to learn in this chapter.  Powers to Enter, and Powers to Arrest both figure prominently.  These should be added to the lists of Powers on your index cards that you are working to learn.

Take some time to check out the section on ‘Trespassing’ too.  It was good knowledge of that section one Christmas Eve many years ago that allowed me arrest a naked man in a bath full of cold soapy water following an RTC. That was the easy part, getting him out of the bath, and down to the Police Station was the tricky bit. However on a serious note, this whole section has lots in it a good question writer can get their teeth into; make sure you know it well.

Most of the section on Reasonable Excuse is common sense, and so I would read this and move on. There are so many areas in this chapter that are worth highlighting, that I do not intend to go on pointing out sections to look at.  With this chapter it really is all important, please read it all, and get to know it well. 

Our third chapter this week is Chapter 5 Insurance, a relatively short chapter that is full of things that as a motorist you should know.  I would major on the Power to Seize Vehicles Driven Without Licence or Insurance.  It not only gives you a power to seize, but also a power to enter any premises on which you believe the vehicle to be.

Make sure you note the exception in respect of a Private Dwelling House, and its definition, both worth noting. The power is given to a Constable in Uniform, which is obvious when you think the power is triggered by seeking production of driving documents.         

Top Tip

Some of the law that you are studying is very tedious and difficult, and while we are not enjoying the sunniest of summer so far, the temptation to stop and head for the beach or the golf course must be very strong, so today’s top tip is about how you  deal with those really big areas of law, that are very hard to read and study. My advice is to break them down into bite sized chunks. 

 How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! 

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 banker subjects. I know there are companies out there who boast that they can tell you want is in your exam, and I am here to tell you the only people who know what is in your exam are the team at Harrogate who wrote it, and they are not telling anyone.

I have been helping police officers pass this exam for over 30 years, either from within the job, or on a commercial basis through my company, and that has always been my mantra, study the lot. 

I regularly Tweet about Part 1 offering legal hints and reminders, and you can follow me @ExecutiveGuidance if you would like to. I try to make sure the Tweets reflect the subjects we are looking at each week.  Once again we have had some new followers, so thank you for join us.

We are now well into our programme of study and as of today there are 93 days to go until your exam.  You will be amazed just how fast those days fly by, so stick with the programme.

Here at Executive Guidance we have been helping Police Officers pass their exams for a long time successfully training both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Promotion Exam, as well as running Crammer weekends for National Investigation exam candidates.

We have already booked the venue for our weekend Crammer Courses for the run up to the exam in October. They are booked to take place on the two weekends immediately before your big day on the 30th September and 2nd of October and the 23rd and 24th September 2015. 

If you want to reserve a place please either contact me by e-mail, or give me a call, Use the contact us page on this web-site.     

Motivational Quote

This week’s motivational quote comes from Hamilton Holt, an American intellectual from the middle of the 19th century. He said

‘Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.’

Success in this exam is very worthwhile so let’s put in the long hard hours.

See you next week.

Phil Waters

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