Ever wondered what becoming a Special Constable entails? Or thought about if it’s the right choice for you?
We caught up with Miles, an Associate Director at Savills, who is part of the current cohort of five individuals going through the training.
Reflecting on what inspired Miles to join the Special Constabulary, he said: “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to join the police. I even had an electric police motorbike when I was four years old, so it must have been since then that I took a real interest! I also have friends that are Special Constables and I love the fact that it is super rewarding. I want to protect my local community as best I can, so people feel safe!”
Specials are trained to the same level as regular PCs. Speaking about his training experience, Miles said: “The training is great, and I couldn’t ask for a better trainer! Stuart is amazing and really pushes us through it even if we are struggling. His teaching techniques are great! All of us on the course have become good friends and I’m sure this friendship will continue for the whole of our policing careers. The practical element to it is very interesting but can challenge you, so you need to be switched on at all times! It isn’t easy but we all help each other to make sure we get through it.
“I am very much looking forward to PST week (personal safety training) as it’s a whole week to put a lot of our training into practice and learn the importance of handcuffing correctly, how to protect ourselves in vulnerable situations and how to keep my colleagues safe too!”
He added: “All of my fellow training officers come from all different backgrounds and age groups. They are just as passionate about joining as I am, which is great.
“I’m most looking forward to my attestation ceremony and being presented with my badge. The training is intense but I love it, so I’m looking forward to my first shift which is getting closer and closer as the weeks go by!”
Specials are volunteer police officers. They come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. Highly trained, with full policing powers including the power to arrest, they play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime.
If you’d like to find out more information, please visit our website here.
Did you know? Through our Employer Supported Policing scheme, you may be eligible for paid or unpaid time off work to complete some duties. Find out more on the website here.