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NPPF Step 2 Sergeant to Inspector Exam Blog 2017 Week 9

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NPPF Sergeant – Inspector Exam 2017

Week 9

General Police Duties Chapter 5

Powers of Arrest, (Including Code G) and other Policing Powers

General Police Duties Chapter 7

Entry, Search, and Seizure


This week we have just two chapters from the General Police Duties to study and they are Chapter 6, Powers of Arrest (including Code G) and other Policing Powers, and Chapter 8, Entry, Search and Seizure. They are big in terms of both volume and importance.  

Until a couple of years ago these chapters all made up one very big chapter on Policing Powers, but the writers of Blackstone’s made a very wise decision and separated them out into separate chapters.

If you have followed me from the beginning you will know how much importance I place on knowing your Police Powers. That means that if I was feeling a little idle today all I need to write is ‘Know it all’.  In summary that is what you need to do, but let’s have a look at what is in this week’s chapters.

We will start with Chapter 6 Powers of Arrest, (including Code G Codes of Practice) and other Policing Powers. A lot of the early stuff in this chapter should be well known to you, things like the definition of an arrest.  I would hope that you know your Powers to Arrest too.  Having said that, please, don’t skip over them, make sure you read them carefully, and add them to your index cards of Police Powers. As you go about your day to day duties you can use them to refresh your memory and firmly plant that knowledge in your head. 

Have a good look at the section headed ‘Arrest Without Warrant – Other Powers of Arrest’.  There are a lot of little areas there that could be tested, but as you read, look at the section and ask yourself how easy it is to test. For example the line and a bit on ‘Fingerprints’ is not a starter to be tested, it is too short and devoid of anything to test, so read it and move on.  By contrast the section ‘Arrest to take Samples’ is full of facts that a good question writer can get their teeth into, so give that some attention.       

Don’t waste too much of your time learning the list of offences a Disorder Penalty Notice can be issued for, I really can’t see any value in testing potential Inspectors with that.

The section on Road Checks is a good area to make sure you know well.  There are lots of options here for your examiners to test. I can see a question linked to some sort of crime which can test your knowledge of authorisations. The urgent authorisation of a Road Check is different to most other urgent authorities, in that it does not fall to an Inspector specifically, but to ‘an officer below the rank of Superintendent’. Now I know that could well be an Inspector, but equally it could be the newest probationer. Add this power to your list, which must be growing big by now. That shows how many powers there are for you to know, and why it is important to start learning them now.

Chapter 8, Entry, Search and Seizure is our other chapter this week. It contains a lot of very important police powers all of which you have to know. Section 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act is very much an Inspector area, due to your authority being needed to carry out a Section 18 search. It is a good area to test, but if I was to write a question on it I would write about searching without the authority of the Inspector, along the lines of PC Jenkins a probationer asks your advice about why they did not seek authority from an Inspector, etc etc.  

There is one good thing about how these chapters have been re-arranged, and that is that as they now follow the Codes of Practice much closer.  They are more sequential and as such you can study them from the Codes of Practice themselves. Assuming you still all get issued with your own set instead of lugging a big Blackstone’s around with you, all you need to take with you is a small book and study from that.  You know I like you to take your study books out on patrol so if you get a spare 10 minutes you can use it wisely.  

This is another one of those MUST KNOW chapters.  A lot of it is very practical, Section 17, 18 and 32 are all powers Police Officers use all the time so it is important to learn all of those, but there is a lot more in this chapter than those.  There is so much in it that could be tested.

Take some time to check out the section on searches under the Terrorism Act 2000 Schd 5. This is highly topical, and has some very testable areas to question you about.        

Also make sure you know the General Powers of Seizure under Section 19, including the power under the following section about seizing things in electronic form. This is another topical area which could very well be tested in your exam.     

Top Tip

This week’s top tip is about making sure you use every spare second to study.  You are now well into this study programme, and you should be making notes for your own benefit, and I think you should be taking those with you on patrol, in the train in the way in to work, anywhere where you might just get 10 minutes to revise. The other thing that is worth doing is to record your powers onto a cassette and play them in the car when you are driving to work, or to visit friends. I would not recommend you do it when you have your partner and children in the car, I suspect they would protest too much. 

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 limit numbers to make sure you get the chance to ask questions, and if there are specific chapters that you want us to cover, where ever possible we will include them in our weekend.  So if you are thinking about coming on one of them please make sure you book a place. They will sell out fast.  You can save your place by contacting us atNPPFExam@executiveguidance.co.uk

I know right now your exam feels miles and miles away, but if you think there are 53 chapters to learn, plus four weeks of revision, that comes down to a total of 114 days from now until you take the exam.  That works out about three days average per chapter.  Now you know why we think a full 24 week study is needed to gain this qualification.    

Our Weekend Crammer Courses

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. 

If you want to save a place, please make sure you contact the Executive Guidance Office and book one now.  Please use this link.  

We limit numbers to make sure you get the chance to ask questions, and if there are specific chapters that you want us to cover, where ever possible we will include them in our weekend.  So if you are thinking about coming on one of them please make sure you book a place. They will sell out fast.

Motivational Quote

This week’s motivational quote is a little longer than the norm, and comes from John B Gough, an American 19th century Temperance Orator 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 someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.”

So let’s avoid taking a breather on the kerbside and head towards this exam with your future in your hands.

See you next week.

Phil Waters

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