Having the opportunity to help people is the best thing about volunteering as a Special Inspector for Myles Cole-Ganney. Through our Employer Supported Policing scheme (ESP), he gets paid for time off work from his job as a Tender Desk Manager for BAM Construction to perform his duties and training as a Special.
As volunteer police officers, Specials give up a minimum of 16 hours a month to keeping the public safe. They have full policing powers – including the power to arrest – and they play a vital role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime.
“I have been volunteering for Hertfordshire Constabulary for 11 years,” says Myles. “I wanted to join as I was interested in the police and assisting people. The training was hard, with the need to fit everything you need to know into a short period of time, but it was rewarding once I had attested.”
Myles finds no two shifts are the same: “One could involve being the first unit to a 999 call, such as a road collision or someone that needs help, other shifts may involve policing community events and festivals.
“The ones that really stick out for me are those where you really know you have made a big difference to people, this could be saving someone’s life or having a positive impact on an individual.”
Myles receives a number of days of paid leave a year to undertake his duties and training through Hertfordshire Constabulary’s ESP scheme.
“I have been benefitting from ESP for seven years and my company are very supportive, as they already operated a similar scheme for armed forces reservists,” Myles explained.
“I was the first Special Constable in Hertfordshire to be chosen to undertake the response driving course and ESP helped make this possible. In essence, it is a great scheme that can benefit both the company you work for and the Special Constable, as a lot of the skills you develop in both jobs are interchangeable.”
This is something that companies supporting their employees volunteering with local policing teams through ESP find, because police training and experience equips them with skills that are used in the workplace. This empowers staff, making them feel more valued and supported, which can assist recruitment and retention.
ESP also makes a strong statement about employee support and provides the opportunity to expand an organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) policies.