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    Default My DH is applying for Vic Police

    My DH is applying for Vic Police. We have three kids, just wondering what I need to know?

    What's it like being a police family?

    How does the shift work effect family life?

    Any info greatly appreciated.

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    My DH has applied for NSW police so I am subscribing.

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    damn it, I just wrote a huge reply and lost it! lol...
    well anyway my DF is in the SA police.
    DF used to do a 6 week rotation which would see him working most weekends, a week worth of late nights, week of days, then afternoons, few days off between etc etc.
    (at the moment he is doing a 2 week roster which is much more consistent)

    In my experience so far (we've been together 2yrs almost) It's a fantastic job for the most part. DF loves it, and I'm very proud of him for doing what he does. It can be very scary though, knowing your loved one is out there in all kinds of dangerous situations.

    The hours do affect your life...It's hard to plan things around the crazy hours. He may not get many weekends off, and when he's home during the day he might need to be sleeping to be able to get up and go to work at 6pm or something.
    Because of that it becomes hard to catch up with friends/family outside your home and you might find you start making friends with other cop families as they are in the same boat. Here in SA they are all a great and supportive bunch

    As for family life it's a bit hard...but worth it I think.
    I have one DD from a previous relationship and DF treats her as his own, but with shift work it does mostly fall on me to do the weekly routine kind of stuff (kindy drop offs/pick ups,etc) and when I was working, DD needed to be in childcare as there would be no guarantees DF would be available to watch her even if he was rostered off IYKWIM.
    Happy to answer any other questions you have about police family life...I think I'm kind of rambling here hehe.

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    Thanks amaliesmum, my two oldest are at school and my youngest will be at kinder next year, I work my own hours. I have a feeling meal/bed time would be the hardest and it will be a huge adjustment for all of us but we'll take it as it comes I guess.

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    DH applied for WA Police, all I can tell you is to tell your DH to be prepared for the worst when it comes to the psychiatric testing. It is brutal! That's one thing DH would have liked to have known about.

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    I'm subscribing cause I want to reply but I'm on my phone so will do in the morning x

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    I could of written this exact thread... lol!

    So I am subscribing

    amaliesmum- my DP is applying for SAPOL, he is pretty nervous just from reading everything online... i told him just be worried when it comes to the fitness, its not like playing xbox!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I could of written this exact thread... lol!

    So I am subscribing

    amaliesmum- my DP is applying for SAPOL, he is pretty nervous just from reading everything online... i told him just be worried when it comes to the fitness, its not like playing xbox!
    Yes! The fitness, seriously it is a great idea to prepare and work on getting to the level of fitness required. It took DH about 5 months to get there (Level 10.1 on the beep test for wa police).


 

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