Sorry not armed forces, but not sure where to put this, DH is looking at joining the police force. Any advise?
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06-05-2014 20:03 #1
Partners in the police?
06-05-2014 20:07 #2
My DH is in the police (also in the army reserves) so kind of fits here. What sort of stuff did you want to know. We're in WA but I'd imagine the advice would be pretty similar.
06-05-2014 20:19 #3
We both explored the option years ago so know the process, I also work with ex cops who have told me stories so I know what he's going to see and do ( but they are ex so some bitterness there).
My main concern is now with a family. What's it like with family life.
06-05-2014 20:24 #4
I wish ... Men in uniform ... *drool*
06-05-2014 20:34 #5
Ok I'll try my best. We have a 9 month old and DH has been in the force for 3 yrs now. He works 4 x 10 hr shifts a week and works a 4 week rotating roster.
Day shift is 7 to 5 so can be quite a long day but DS and I go out most days so isn't too bad. Then he is home to help out with the evening routine and have a quick play. On the days he does arvo shift which is 2 to midnight he gets to spend all morning with DS which is great and sometimes he even lets me sleep in (DH is an earlier riser). overall I personally think DH spends more time with DS than your average M-F 9to5 person!! It's also awesome to go to the zoo etc during the week and it isn't reallllly busy.
DH isn't currently doing any night shift but when he did I would try to head out with DS in the morning to mums, shops etc and come back so we could all hang in the arvo and he would be there for the evening routine before going off to work.
Works 2 in 4 weekends so if you like your social life, well...
So in summary I guess it depends on how old your kids are? can you cope doing the evening routine by yourself for 4 maybe 5 nights in a row? can you be quiet around the house when he needs to sleep on shift? (separate living areas??) does your partner already do shift work so you understand that it can impact on social life, sports etc? are you ok to sleep at home alone at night (I very much dislike this and is probably one of the only bad things about it)?
06-05-2014 20:40 #6
06-05-2014 20:40 #7
My dp is in the nswpf. Shift work has it's pros and cons. I think she spends lots more time in total with ds though. PM me if you want to ask anything xx
06-05-2014 20:44 #8
Hubby is a night manager at the moment AND works every weekend so use to being at home alone at night and quiet during the day, not having a social life etc he works 13-14 hour shifts 4 nights (6 days) a week, so it sounds like it would be better.
Are you worried about his safety
06-05-2014 21:13 #9
Yeah I do worry about his safety but I try not to over think it too much. We *ahem* live in one of the not so nice areas of Perth but in WA you never patrol by yourself, always with a partner. I don't like it if he has to work overtime and doesn't let me know but he usually trys to find sometime to atleast msg me and let me know.
He still enjoys the thrill of it which is awesome
His previous job was testing blood for HIV which kind of freaked me out a heap too!
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