One way in no way back, how true is that
One way in no way back, how true is that
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I'm joining SAPOL in April as well. I still need to sell my house but can always rent it if I find myself in March not having sold.
The police Forum is quite useful in regards to paperwork etc, but all that's done now. I think there may be some sort of get together in London before we go for those of us who want to meet up. If you keep an eye on the link I think Plods might organise it.
My auntie suggested this site and it's really useful. Iv'e been told to just go with the flow when it comes to work in SAPOL.
Im joining in April as well, trying to sell the house and all the rigmarole which goes with moving, Do you ahve any ideas of where you would like to be stationed i see we will get preferences, however its a massive place to choose from. have you any ideas where to live also. Cheers
It will be each persons preference as to where they want to work. I personally want to work in Adelaide (not sure which station at the moment) and in an ideal world live near the coast somewhere like Brighton perhaps?
I am going to try and rent to start off with however whilst we train. Ive heard that Semaphore is really nice and not far at all to where we train.
I bet there are hundreds of people on here that can give you some good tips on wheres best to live. There is a hell of a lot of info. on the net as well and now with Google maps you can even tke a virtual walk along the beach.
Good luck with the house sale Ive not had one person round mine yet.
I wont be on the intake for this or any year for SAPOL.
Thats not for the want of trying mind, It has been my experience that once youv'e done your 30 no one wants you, even though ageism is against the law in OZ and over 50's can allegedly join the Po-lice.
What I would say is that they aint advertising for plum vacancies !
For what my advice is worth I would say, go, do it, and take everything that's thrown at you but give it 5 years though before you decide you don't like it.
Iv'e been to SA and love the place and wish I was going in your place.
Think you had a lucky escape, I was a Cop in the UK for many years and wouldn't join SAPOl as they are like "Life on Mars" Most people come over for the life style with SAPOL not the career.
I agree with Rachel, but its difficult to have any sort of lifestyle when your OH is working ridiculous antiquated shift patterns (which are illegal back in the UK) and such a poor wage that its hard affording to do nice things with the family!!
Just as a matter of balance, got quite a few friends and acquaintances with SAPOL here who are happy and enjoy their jobs - nothing worth having is ever easy of course, but it's not all doom and gloom. Don't be put off by some of the above negative comments, come with an open mind and make your own judgements.
Do check out the police forum - you may get a more balanced view on there, and I'm sure most would be happy to answer any questions you have by PM.
(enjoying the sunshine, a glass of local wine in the spa, and a bounce on the kids' trampoline... lifestyle is what it's about and a better future for your kids!)
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
In fairness I wouldnt say its negative comments, I'm just saying it like it is, no one can comment until they're going through it, all I'm saying is we are a lot worse off financially than what we were in the UK and I see my OH a lot less but I still wouldnt change it, this is our home now.
For what its worth I agree with Diane.
Try not to dwell too much on other peoples experiences. We all come from various walks of life, some come with more money than others whcih has a big impact on how your life will change.
I have ben with SAPOL for almost 2 years. I wouldn't say its the best job I've had but its not the worst either. There are plenty of opportunities, if you want to work for them. Me personally I am not interested in furthering my career. I have a nice little number. No nights, latest finish 9.30pm and every other weekend off. I get 18.5% shift penalty so I know how much I am getting each fortnight.
I have come for the lifestyle and my kids and its is vererything I hopes it would be. I dont need to go away on holiday as I have everything here that I need but I could go if I wanted. No loans (apart from the mortgage) and no credit cards equlas a good nights sleep !!