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Scheme aims to maximise the amount of time officers can spend on core roles. A force is seeking voluntary drivers to relieve the pressure on frontline officers. Avon and Somerset Constabulary is looking to fill six spots so its officers can be transported. Officers can request a driver to take them or evidence to court as well as collecting medication for detainees. Other benefits from the scheme include being able to continue working on mobile devices whilst being driven. The job is open to anyone over the age of 25 with a full driving licence and a "good knowledge" of the Highway Code. Perks of the job are described as "being a valued member of Avon and Somerset Constabulary." The scheme is due to be implemented this spring, and the working hours are 8am until 6pm with breaks. The job spec says: "We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated team of volunteers who can relieve some of the demand and pressures on our front line officers by providing a driver support service. "This may involve delivering and collecting items or transporting police officers and their exhibits to and from court." Volunteers will have access to a fully insured unmarked vehicle with a sat nav, and mobile phone. Temp Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen said: “This scheme is all about embracing trusted members of the community who wish to participate in policing and maximising the amount of time officers and staff spent carrying out their core roles. “We anticipate the volunteer drivers helping with things like collecting detainee medication or supporting officers in dropping them off and collecting them to conduct enquires in busy settings such as Bristol City Centre. “Not only does this enable our officers to keep working on mobile devices whilst being driven but it will ensure that our cars are being used efficiently and not tied up all day for one appointment.” Devon and Cornwall Police has successfully utilised a similar scheme since 2006. View On Police Oracle
Hi guys, sorry for another vetting quary/sob story but any optimism/supportwould be hugely appreciated. Here goes.. so I applied back in August to become a Special Constable for Avon and Somerset police. Passed the online test, went to open evening; all good. Then had the paper sift; this time last year when I applied I failed at this point however this year the god/s were looking down on me and I got through. Result. Next came the assesment centre at HQ. Was super nervous, didn’t know how I fared. Got my results last Wednesday; I smashed it! 5/15 A’s 9 B’s and 1 C(50% I’m serving the public, very close to failing). 78% overall, 55% is a pass for this constabulary so pretty good I think. However, here comes the hiccup; the vetting. Issues number 1; back in 2012 I got a fine for drunken disorderly; got caught peeing down an allyway on a NYE night out. Really stupid, biggest regret of my life so far. Issue no 2; about 3 months ago I got caught running a red by a traffic camera. Again so stupid. I took the ‘What’s driving us course’ in lieu of points and a fine. So still have zero points on my licence. Issue no 3. My dad. He went to Borstal when he was a kid, no idea what for, he’s never told me. We live approx 250 miles away and we only see each other a couple times a year. Small caveat on this; my Grandma is a magistrate and I assumed her and her family woild of been vetted for her role; if so then she passed. So shouldnt be too much of a hiccup I (really) hope. It does say on the A & S vetting page on their website that the main people that fail vetting are people that have had FPNs within the last 5 years. I clearly fail in this department so is there any point even going to the physical/medical/ biometrical testing in a couple of weeks if I’m likely to fail at vetting? any words of wisdom, optimism would be greatly welcomed
sparkydale posted a topic in UK Policing NewsAnd so it begins (well continues...) NEIGHBOURING FORCES AGREE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO HIT SAVINGS TARGETS Discussions have begun which will see specialist police resources and support functions in the Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset forces being shared under a new strategic alliance, or ‘collaboration’ as both forces seek to secure significant savings over the next five years. The two forces already collaborate on Brunel, a shared Major Crime Investigation Team, and Special Branch. Building on these successful foundations, the forces expect a wider collaboration will deliver a more efficient and cost effective police service for local communities. Over the past four years each of the forces has had to find substantial savings and, although this has not been easy, these have been achieved. We anticipate that further significant savings will have to be found by 2018/19 and hope that by collaborating where we can, the impact on the delivery of frontline services will be lessened. Discussions between the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables about a strategic alliance began in December 2014. These discussions are still at an early stage but it has been agreed that specialist police resources, protective services as well as corporate services will be included in the alliance. It has been agreed that both forces will retain their Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables, and that neighbourhood and response policing will continue to be delivered and overseen locally. Speaking about the proposals, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “We're very optimistic about finding ways of working more closely together in the future. We have a good track record with existing collaborations and there are clear benefits for both forces in pursuing further opportunities." Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson added: “It’s important to stress that Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Police are not merging; both will retain their own leadership and identity. This strategic alliance would look at how we could share more of our resources, such as specialist police resources and office functions. Local policing – which we know is so important to our communities – would continue to be delivered locally in response to communities’ needs. “Police budgets are in a very challenging state and in the coming years this collaboration would help find the savings that both forces need to make.” Posted on Monday 26th January 2015 http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Events-and-Engagement/News-Archive/2015/Jan/Strategicalliance.aspx