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Ordinary people make extra-ordinary Specials

11/09/2017

 

“What I like most about being a Special Constable is the ability to experience a whole new walk of life that no other job will give you. Every shift is completely different and you never know what you are going to face each time you go out.”  Liam – Network Engineer & Special Constable

 

Ordinary people make extra-ordinary SpecialsLiam is one of 230 Special Constables in Hertfordshire who volunteer their time to make a difference in their community.  This week Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are launching a new campaign to encourage more people like Liam to join the Special Constabulary.

 

Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force. They play a vital role in helping keep communities safe and can get involved in a range of policing activities from high visibility patrols, to being called to assist at the scenes of incidents such as road traffic collisions, burglaries or assaults.

 

There are also opportunities for Special Constables to work in more specialised areas such as the investigation of child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and prisoner processing. Special Constables with specialist IT knowledge also work alongside police officers and staff who manage registered sex offenders.

 

Those with an interest or expertise in the countryside and rural issues can become Rural Special Constables who are dedicated to the needs of rural communities.  They work alongside our Rural Operation Support Team (ROST) and local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

 

The campaign will see the launch of a new website (www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk) where people who are interested can get more information and apply. The campaign will also target potential recruits through digital and radio advertising.

 

“Both Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner recognise the vital role the Special Constabulary play in providing an additional uniformed presence in the community, actively tackling crime and keeping our communities safe,” said Detective Superintendent Dean Patient who leads the Crime Reduction and Community Safety Unit. 

 

“We are committed to increasing our numbers of Special Constables which is why we’re encouraging people to consider the role and ultimately join us. All we ask is that they can dedicate at least 16 hours per month.

 

“It’s not only the Constabulary and the communities in Hertfordshire that benefit - our Special Constables tell us that their own personal skills have developed. It’s such an interesting and unique role and I’d encourage anyone interested in the role to apply.”

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd is actively encouraging and recruiting local businesses and other employers to join ESP (Employer Supported Policing) to bring vital skills in to the policing and community safety arena. The scheme asks businesses to support employees to become Special Constables by granting their staff paid or unpaid time off to carry out their duties and training.

 

David Lloyd said: "Keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody's business and organisations can play their part by supporting employees to become Special Constables. I hope that this new campaign will also bring all serving Specials in Hertfordshire onto the scheme.

 

“In my Community Safety and Criminal justice plan for Hertfordshire, I outline my aim for more people, like the Special Constables, to get involved and play their part in helping to keep crime low in the county. ESP is also a brilliant mechanism to bring vital skills into the police force and in return take unique experiences and transferable skills back to Hertfordshire’s businesses.”

 

Once initial training is complete, Specials are coached by regular officers to complete their Police Action Checklists and are then deemed fit for independent patrol.  Special Constables are not paid but expenses are reimbursed.  If you would like more information on becoming a Special Constable, or to apply, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk