Employer Supported Policing - Businesses
What is Employer Supported
As a supporting employer, you’ll give your staff the chance to be
trained as Special Constables. These Specials, once trained, will
carry out patrols in Hertfordshire for at least 16 hours a month.
They’ll have full police powers, will be supported by experienced
police officers and will develop a wide range of transferable
skills, including problem solving, customer focus and effective
Why should our organisation be
part of the Employer Supported Policing scheme?
There are numerous tangible benefits for employers joining Employer
- Your staff receive free training
to develop transferable skills in seven core areas which they can
apply back at your organisation:
- Problem Solving
- Customer focus
- Respect for
- Your staff can work in roles that
link back to their paid job – for example, a professional analyst
might spend more of their voluntary time in an investigative
capacity, developing their problem-solving, whereas someone who
usually works in a customer-facing role might prefer to be on foot
patrol more often, interacting with the public.
- You’ll forge strong links with the
local police and increase your ability to tackle local problems
with local officers.
- You’ll develop a compelling
enhancement of your Corporate Social Responsibility, and your
support will be recognised by the Constabulary and the Police and
- You’ll have members of your staff
who have a greater understanding of preventative crime
- Having Specials on your team will
develop a greater sense of security for your other staff and your
business as a whole.
- We cover all costs of recruiting,
assessing, vetting, medicals, equipment and training.
How does our organisation get
involved in Employer Supported Policing?
There several ways for an
organisation to become part of Employer Supported Policing. The
options below are examples of how you could choose to get involved
– the exact details are flexible and can be adapted. Once we’ve
agreed on an option, you’ll sign a Memorandum of Agreement (not a
formal contract) with the police.
Give staff paid leave for
training and duties. You will probably support your staff
by giving them a certain amount of time off for training and
duties, which they will supplement with extra hours in their spare
time. We are able to help you develop policies or guidelines that
make your support clear to staff.
Give staff unpaid leave for
training and emergencies. You might support your staff by
giving them unpaid lead for mandatory training, or in in times of
Work with us to promote the scheme. You might work with the
police to promote the Special Constabulary and police
volunteering in your workplace. This could include displaying
posters, sharing leaflets, holding recruitment drives or publishing
information in your staff magazine or intranet. It may be possible
to support your efforts by holding roadshows at your workplace to
promote the scheme.
To find out more about Employer
Supported Policing, please register your interest by emailing
ESP@herts.pnn.police.uk and we
will be in touch with you.
Can I choose when I release
my staff on duty?
Upon completion of training, times of duty are agreed between
employers, volunteer staff and police supervisors. If police duty
takes place during time when your member of staff wouldn’t usually
be working, you may choose to offer time off in lieu.
Do Special Constables/police volunteers receive any form of
They may receive their normal work salary from your business as
paid leave, but they receive no pay from the Police. Certain
allowances are paid and travelling expenses reimbursed while going
to/from duty so recruits are not out of pocket.
Will I lose staff to the
Of course, there is a possibility that some staff may wish to
change careers and join the police full time. However, the
experience of ESP for pioneering forces like the Metropolitan
Police, suggests that, on the whole, the scheme actually helps
employers to retain key staff. Many employees, through the training
they have received, have increased their confidence and skills, and
deeply value their employer’s support for their volunteering.
What can my staff do when off-duty in their day
In most cases, it is not appropriate for the member of staff to
become on-duty during their normal working hours to make arrests
etc. However, your staff will have the extra skills, training,
confidence, knowledge and experience at their disposal, and can act
as an ‘expert witness’ in many situations.