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NPPF Step 2 Sergeant to Inspector Exam Blog 2017 Week 16

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NPPF Step 2 Legal Exam

Police Promotion Exam Sergeant – Inspector 2017

Week 16

General Police Duties Chapter 14

Domestic Violence and Trade Disputes

General Police Duties Chapter 15

Offences Relating to Land and Property 

General Police Duties Chapter 16

Licensing and Offences Relating to Alcohol


This week we look at the next three chapters  from the General Police Duties syllabus book.  They are Chapter 14 Domestic Violence and Trade Disputes, Chapter 15, Offences Relating to Land and Property and finally Chapter 16, Offences Relating to Alcohol.

Our first chapter this week is Chapter 14, Domestic Violence and Trade Disputes,  and is another fairly short chapter, but one that is full of good areas for your examiners to test. The chapter has been given a bit of a make-over since last year, and that includes a new heading, but the content is still very much the same.  

I think this year if I were to best guess which part of this chapter is likely to come up, I would suggest the section on Domestic Violence and Abuse would be my choice. 

While any other part of it could be tested, my preference is the short section about Use of Violence or Intimidation.  As I have already said 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, which 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.

If I were to summarise our second chapter this week, 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 cards 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, that of course makes it much more relevant if your examiners are going to test your ability to perform at the next rank. 

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.

When I write these blogs every year find I get drawn to the sections about residing in Vehicles on Land and also Trespassing for the Purpose of Residence.  I don’t know why, but I just feel they are ‘Inspectorly’ type subjects, andf that means they could be tested. They are two sections that are easy to test, and quite interesting to read and study.  In both cases it is easy to learn if you apply situations to the circumstances and it should all fall into place.  

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 that happens and you don’t know the answer, you will have to revert to the tried and tested method of guessing.

Our final chapter this week is Chapter 16 Licensing and  Offences Relating to Alcohol.  This section was tested twice last year, consuming alcohol in a public place, and children.

I have always thought that this is a big section both in terms of the number of pages and also its importance in your exam.  This is another chapter that has a lot of Police Powers in it.  The Police Powers of Entry at the start of the chapter to Investigate Licensable Activities and just to Investigate Offences, are both worth knowing as I can see a good question there.

As you will have noticed as you have gone through this study programme all Police Powers are given to PC May….PC May arrest without warrant, PC May enter and search, this is of course what gives you your discretion.  This chapter has one of the few circumstances where that discretion is taken away from you.

The power to help expel from relevant premises a person who is a drunk or disorderly is a MUST power.  This is NOT a typo, but is in an occasion where if you are asked to help, you have to help.  So following a request from the licensee, supervisor, or anyone working in the licensed premises to help them remove someone who is drunk or disorderly, you MUST help remove them.  

What a great topic for a question writer, an area that flies in the face of everything you expect.  The keynote also points out the power is also there to prevent a person who is drunk and disorderly from entering licensed premises too.

The issue around Drunk or Disorderly also opens up the topic to a good question writer, it obviously can be both, or just one or the other, two separate offences, but with a strong overlap.

There has been a lot in the press over the last two or three years about how our town centres have become taken over by groups of young people all much the worse for wear due to the copious quantities of alcohol they have consumed. As I have already said these two topics came up last year, but that does not mean they will not come up again this year! I agree it is unlikely, but they remain well worth a look

The area around Consumption by Children, and Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places, remain well worth a good look.  They are similar in terms of the outcomes, but not in terms of the circumstances that start them off, so if you do get a question about these, make sure you know which one you are dealing with.

One has a ‘Relevant Place’ the other a ‘Designated Area’. One relates to people under 18years of age while the other is a much more general power. This is one of those situations where a two column comparison chart will help you understand the time lines involved in the process.  Break each topic down into their individual component parts and you will be able to see the difference and more importantly understand them fully.  

Closure notices are also an area that lends itself to testing, and is a good area for a question writer to write questions about.  There are a lot of Police Powers with a number of built in variables. The closure notice can be served by any Constable who is not necessarily the ‘Senior Officer who grants the order.  There are all sorts of areas in this section for a good question writer, ‘What are the grounds for issuing such an order’, ‘Who is the appropriate person who must receive the notice’ and so on. Again this is a topic that lends itself to a timeline, it really will help getting an understanding.


This week’s top tip picks up on taking time to do some revision as well as looking at new topic areas each week.  It is really important that you don’t forget everything that has gone before. So take out some time each week from now on to re-visit the areas you have already looked at and just put them back into the fore front of your memory 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 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 only 65 days to go until your exam.  You will be amazed just how fast those days fly by, so stick with the programme.  Next week we will visit Roads Policing for the last time before we enter the revision 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 1st of October 2017 as well as on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September 2017. 

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Motivational Quote

This week’s quote comes from Og Mandino, an American author who wrote the book  “The Greatest Salesman in the World”

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

So let’s get planting.  It will ripen just in time for your exam.

See you next week.

Phil Waters

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