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If you're currently revising for the police National Investigator's Examination (NIE), you'll know how difficult (yet essential) it is to revise detailed facts and figures before you can properly answer the CID Entrance Exam (part of ICIDP) questions.  Just beginning your revision and maintaining a set revision timetable can be difficult. Ask yourself the following:

1. At what age can one supervise a person using a crossbow?
2. For what reasons is the presumption of bail reversed?
3. How long should a custody meal break last?
4. Should an officer be in uniform to issue a PND?
5. Should an officer believe or suspect that a person possesses an article for disguise?


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Our ICIDP NIE Exam CD-ROM is a revision crammer tool that should be used to help plan your CID Entrance Exam revision and provide useful assistance in memorising the more intricate details of law and procedure, ensuring you get the most benefit out of eve
ry valuable minute of your revision time. In fact, we estimate that to trawl through your extensive exam syllabus and pick out the relevant details that our experts have would take over 200 hours!

It's broken down into eight sections and is presented in a clear and easy to understand format. The eight areas are:

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We've picked over 170 of the most important Sergeants/Inspectors OSPRE Part 1 'numbers' that we think should be remembered, and grouped them into 29 useful categories.  For example, the number of people necessary to complete certain offences, the number of days for which a particular order applies, the hours during which a particular piece of legislation applies, the maximum size of certain ammunition, vehicles etc.  For example:


Trespassory assembly




Prohibition order



day ban

Radius from the centre of assembly






So many different age limits appear throughout the OSPRE Part 1 promotion legislation, that it's easy to become confused (i.e. firearms legislation involves the ages 14, 15, 17 & 21!). We've taken nearly every age relevant to your police OSPRE Part 1 exam (over 60 of them), and grouped them by age, making it much easier to revise. For example:

- Can be cross-examined by defendant
- Can receive a '3 day lie-down'
- Can hire a firearm etc...

Mnemonics, as you probably know, are a great way of remembering important lists of information. We've compiled 34 of our favourite mnemonics to assist your revision, presented under the 4 main headings (Crime, Roads Policing (for OSPRE Part 1 only), Evidence & Procedure & General Police Duties). They cover everything from CHIS authorisations to the powers of a constable at a rave! We have also linked various powers and procedures so that any letters shared in different mnemonics represent the same word, to make remembering easy!


The law is not simple, and you will already know that different pieces of legislation require an officer to suspect, and others require an officer to believe (in fact, some require an officer to actually know).  It is a common misconception that a PC 'suspects' 99% of the time, and belief is kept for a higher rank. Incorrect.  In fact, a constable is required to 'believe' 3 times more than he/she is required to 'suspect'!  To address this confusion, we have spent hours trawling through the entire syllabus and have taken almost every mention of 'believe' and 'suspect' and grouped them into these very headings - a great (and easy!) method of learning this crucial element of over 80 police powers.  For example:

-  Constable believes wearing article for purposes of disguise, may order removal and seize (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1984)
-  Constable’s power of arrest (s.24 PACE 1984) believe one of the conditions to arrest is necessary
-  Constable believes class A drugs offence or Breach of Peace, may enter a licensed club


There's no avoiding the fact that different police powers require a different level of dress by the officer exercising the power - some require him/her to be in uniform, and others do not. Once again, our team of experts have been busy scanning through the whole of your extensive exam syllabus and have recorded every reference to a constable wearing a uniform to exercise a power, and have grouped these 40 powers into the easy to learn headings of "Uniform Required" and "Uniform Not Required"... could we make revising any easier for you? For example:

Uniform Required:
- Constable in uniform may search under S.44 (Terrorism Act 2000)
- Constable in uniform and in person may require the removal of a skip
- Constable in uniform may issue football banning order


It's not easy to remember which rank of officer must give authorisation for certain powers to be executed. Well, now it is! In the majority of cases, and authorisation must be given by an officer of the rank of Inspector or Superintendent, and by utilising our method of learning all of the Superintendent authorities, it is quite simple to determine who a power should be authorised by (i.e. if it isn't on the list, it's very likely to be an Inspector!). Yet again, we've trawled through your extensive syllabus and recorded every mention of a Superintendent's authority. It is a misconception that this consists of just a handful of authorities; there are, in fact, 20! For example:

- Dispersal orders
- Closure orders (application to Magistrates to close all premises in area)
- Consideration of a charge where a person has already been tried for same offence

Beginning your revision without a timetable is like wandering around an unknown city without a map! We have years of experience at revising for the OSPRE Part 1 promotion exams and CID Entrance Exam, and know the correct order in which to revise, and the length of time that should be dedicated to each topic area. We provide you not only with a comprehensive revision timetable / revision plan, but also a revision guide, providing you with valuable hints, tips and recommendations to assist you plan and conduct your revision in order to help you achieve success.

As you work your way through your Sergeants or Inspectors promotion exam revision, you will undoubtedly be struck by the odd fact or two that will make you think "Well, I never knew that", or "That's unusual/interesting"; Facts such as these (those which cause you to think a little more) will normally stay in your memory. So, what if you could be instantly be provided with over 300 of these facts, that you can use as a quick crammer when you have a short revision break (such as just before your exam)? Check out our revision software for our "Quick Facts" tool.  An example of some of our Quick Facts:

- 24 hour (and thereafter) reviews cannot be done over phone
- Force can be used to remove an appropriate adult
- Detained person can be searched at any time while at police station
- PACE applies during a 3 day lie down
- Affray must involve violence towards a person, not property
- Trespass with intent to commit sex offence on that premises only


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