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What is Employer Supported Policing?

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 communication.


Why should our organisation be part of the Employer Supported Policing scheme?

There are numerous tangible benefits for employers joining Employer Supported Policing.


  • Your staff receive free training to develop transferable skills in seven core areas which they can apply back at your organisation:
  • Personal responsibility
  • Effective communication
  • Resilience
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer focus
  • Teamwork
  • Respect for diversity
  • 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 Crime Commissioner.
  • You’ll have members of your staff who have a greater understanding of preventative crime measures.
  • 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.

You could:


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 significant emergency.

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. 


Employer FAQs


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 payment?

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 police?

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 job?

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.