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  1. Being of limited experience, I thought it would be good to get opinions on the question above, that I've been thinking about recently. How are Specials used in your force? And how do you think better use could be got out of Specials?
  2. West Mercia Police is currently searching for a special kind of person to help us in the policing of your local community. Today, more than ever, we need everyone's help. Why not give us yours in the most direct and practical way of all - by joining us as a Special Constable volunteer. Do you like being involved with people? Are you looking for voluntary work? Would you enjoy working as a responsible and respected member of a well-organised team? Application Process We are looking for special constables within West Mercia Police to make a minimum 2 years commitment to the role where possible. For details of the eligibility criteria, recruitment process, assessment process and medical requirements please review the guidance documents. If you wish to express an interest in applying, please download an application form here: Special Constable - Application Form [1Mb] Please email the completed application form to specials@warwickshireandwestmercia.pnn.police.uk or alternatively if you require any further information on the special recruitment process please contact us on 01905 331433. Article taken from : https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/6359/Join-as-a-special-constable
  3. Just out of interest (and to use the 'official hashtag' of #SpecialsWeekend) what did most forces do - 'Fatal 4' road traffic stuff seemed to be the common theme after a quick twitter scout. It was in Northumbria's central command.
  4. Hampshire-999

    Question- Special Recruitment

    Hello all, Just saw that Hampshire Constabulary are recruiting for Special Constables again, and a question came to my mind. Hoping some of you may be able to answer it. It states that the minimum age to join up is 18yrs old, and I believe this is with most forces. But I have started to hear that you can join before the age of 18, or at least apply and do all your training, as you will be 18 by the time you have finished training. I heard from one Officer that you may be able to apply at just over 17 and a half years old. Thanks for reading and I will be very grateful for anyone that can answer this question for me, something I have been wondering about for quite some time since I first heard about it.
  5. A Special Constable from Bedfordshire Police has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.John Powers and Charlie Special Constable John Power, 30, who is the UK’s first Special dog handler following a battle with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and a double lung transplant, has been shortlisted for the Individual Award at the Lord Ferrers Awards 2015. The awards, previously known as the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards, highlight the vital role volunteers play in support of policing, by giving up their free time to make communities safer and enhancing the effectiveness of policing across England and Wales. John was diagnosed with CF when he was only a year old. His health had been deteriorating gradually, and at the end of 2011 his specialist recommended he should join the transplant waiting list before he became too ill to survive a potential transplant operation. As a result, John took on a non-operational role with Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary, working with two explosive-detection search handlers and their dogs at Luton Airport. It was this experience which led him to explore the possibility of whether, as a Special Constable, he could specialise in this area. In 2012, John received a life-changing double lung transplant. Once back to full health and with the support of senior staff at Bedfordshire Police, John was accepted on to a training course in Surrey with Charlie, the three year old black Labrador. John and Police Dog Charlie successfully completed their training earlier this year, and the duo will work at Luton Airport searching for explosives, and carrying out checks prior to VIP visits. SC Power commented: “I had heard of the award but my nomination came completely out of the blue. I did not think I would ever be nominated, so this is an honour. Since I had my transplant I have been making the most of every opportunity, and it’s fantastic to be recognised for my work as a Special but I think every volunteer across the country deserves recognition for their time and commitment.” Wayne Humberstone, Specials Chief Officer for Bedfordshire Special Constabulary said: “John fully deserves to be shortlisted - he is an extremely dedicated individual and his contribution to the Specials is invaluable. Although all the nominees do incredible work around the UK, we will be keeping our fingers crossed that John comes out on top.” The awards ceremony will be held on 9 September at the Houses of Parliament. To find out about becoming a Special with Bedfordshire Police, visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk.
  6. Special Constable Martin White joined in 2009 and volunteers around 60 hours a month for the force. In this blog post he tells us about an eventful day on duty shortly after becoming independent… Before I joined the Specials I thought that they did little more than police village fetes. How wrong I was! Today I start duty at 5:30am with another Special. He is 19 and I’m 60 but we get on well. It’s an early start as we are aiming to arrest someone who’s wanted under a court warrant. At 6.30am we arrive at the address of our man. He has moved but we are given a phone number and call him to ask him to come to the police station. To our surprise he agrees so we head back to the station to be there when he arrives. 15 minutes later we’re despatched to deal with an injured, and very angry, swan causing traffic mayhem at rush hour. We shoo it behind a fence to await someone from the swan sanctuary to collect it. While we’re waiting we get a call to say that our chap turned up at the police station and was arrested. At 9 am we arrive back at the station for a CID briefing. We are required at the execution of drugs warrants at two properties, and an hour later we’re at the locations. One had been used as a factory but was abandoned, leaving just the remnants behind. But at the other, we find Class A drugs and the occupant is arrested. We head back to the station to book in our evidence and type up our statements. Off then to grab some food and take it back to the station to eat while I continue my paperwork. But I’ve only had one bite when a call comes in – there’s a hostage situation in town and the firearms units are despatched. I drop the food and off we go. We arrive seconds after a regular officer, who is talking to a chap with a knife at the entrance to a building. The force control room calls me to give an assessment of the location and situation over the radio so I can prepare the firearms officers before they arrive. Fortunately the regular officer manages to talk the hostage taker into a position where an arrest can take place. On the way back to the station we see someone who we suspect is wanted for a serious crime. He runs but we catch up with him and although it turns out he is no longer wanted, he smells strongly of cannabis. Before I can search him, he puts his hand into his pants, pulls out a couple of deal bags and slaps them into my hand! He gets cautioned. Finally we head back to the station for more statements and to clock off. I throw away my uneaten lunch and go home for dinner after 13 hours of duty. What a day! Being part of a hostage situation was the last thing I expected when I turned up for duty. Not every day is this action packed, but the beauty of being a Special is that you really have no idea what is going to happen when you arrive in the morning, and doing this as a volunteer makes it all the more rewarding. To find out more about becoming a Special Constable, come along to one of our information evenings. Find out about our information evenings. Source
  7. The wheel is coming off for nuisance motorcyclists in Bedfordshire – thanks to the Special Constabulary. Following a one-day clampdown last month which saw 42 riders stopped on open land in and around Sundon pit, more high-profile operations are planned throughout the county. Just under a third of those stopped were given various notices, including notices under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 warning their machines will be seized and possibly crushed if they continue to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to the public. The rest were given verbal warning on condition they do not return and help spread the message that motorcyclists cannot ride on private land without permission, or tear along footbaths and bridleways. The work follows hot on the heels of clampdowns by police and PCSOs, particularly around Houghton Regis as part of the on-going Operation Meteor initiative against nuisance bikes. Chief Inspector Gavin Hughes-Rowland warned: “Not only do these bikers cause damage to crops and hedgerows, but by riding recklessly along footpaths and bridleways, they are putting members of the public, including walkers, cyclists and horse riders, in danger. “The Specials will continue to help the force fight this issue by making regular visits to known biker hotspots. This nuisance behaviour will not be tolerated.” The Special Constabulary is the UK’s volunteer police force. Bedfordshire Police has almost 240 Specials, but is aiming to more than double that number by Spring 2017. To find out about becoming a Special with Bedfordshire Police, visit our Special Constable Website. Source
  8. TheFlomeister

    Blog: Bobby on a bike

    Marc Clibbens has been a Special Constable for more than five years. Last year he started carrying out his patrol on his bike, and he’s not looked back. To celebrate Bike Week 2015, he’s written a blog post all about his typical day…. I joined the Specials in 2009 as I thought it would be a good way to learn what policing is all about, and I like helping people so it was the perfect combination. I volunteer about 100 hours a month for the Specials. My ‘day’ job is a mixture of day and night shifts, which enables me to work in my volunteering. I started patrolling in Biggleswade and Sandy on my bike about a year ago, and then I decided I could be more use patrolling in Bedford town centre and I have been there ever since. It takes me about 10 minutes to get to town from HQ, so I come in at the beginning of my shift at 9am, pick up my bike and head out for the day. I prefer being out on the bike – I can interact with people more easily, and I see a lot more, than if I was in a car. It also gives me my daily exercise and a dose of fresh air. I probably cycle around 15 miles a day. A typical day in the town centre will include a mixture of duties, but the biggest problems are street drinkers and shoplifting. By being so visible in the town centre, I am a deterrent. People know if they shoplift and try to run away, they won’t get very far because I can catch up with them quite quickly! One of the more unusual things I’ve dealt with is a member of the public who puts on a high visibility jacket and directs traffic. His enthusiasm is great, but he doesn’t always direct the traffic the right way! So I work to discourage that, as it’s best to leave those duties to the police. I have almost been knocked off my bike a couple of times, but it hasn’t put me off. You just have to stay vigilant and keep an eye on what’s going on around you. By far my most important message for other cyclists is to make sure you have a cycle helmet and the correct equipment. Generally my shift finishes at 6pm, so I’ll do one more lap of the town centre before I cycle back to HQ to drop off my bike and make my way home. As a Special, there are lots of opportunities to specialise in different areas. We have our Special dog handler and we have Specials who work in the football unit and in Roads Policing, and as more Specials join, we’ll have even more opportunities. You never know what you’re going to walk into as a Special; every shift is different. That’s why I love it. For tips on cycling safety and crime prevention advice, visit the Bedfordshire Police website. View the full article
  9. A Special Constable from Bedfordshire has overcome Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and a double lung transplant to become the UK’s first ever Special Constable dog handler. Special Constable John Power, 30, has volunteered with Bedfordshire Police for eight years. John was diagnosed with CF when he was only a year old. Throughout his childhood and teens, he endured several spells in hospital. Thanks to medication and lifestyle management, his health did not start to deteriorate until 2011, when he began to struggle to walk upstairs without stopping for breath. As a result, John took on a non-operational role with Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary whilst still working his day job in Bedfordshire Police’s Force Control Room, and facing an unsure wait on the transplant waiting list. While he was non-operational, John worked with two explosive-detection search handlers and their dogs at Luton Airport, helping to test the dog’s ability to detect explosives. It was this experience which led him to explore the possibility of whether, as a Special Constable, he could specialise in this area. In 2012, John received a life-changing double lung transplant, allowing him to get back on the beat. Once back to full health and with the support of senior staff at Bedfordshire Police, John was accepted onto a training course in Surrey with Charlie, the three year old black Labrador. Earlier this year John and Charlie successfully completed their training and Charlie is now a fully licenced proactive explosive search dog. The duo will work in the county searching for explosives, and carrying out checks prior to VIP visits. John says: “My lung transplant changed my life completely and I feel lucky to be back on duty. I am doing things which I never thought would be possible, so I am making the most of every opportunity. “It’s an honour to be the UK’s first Special Constable dog handler. I think it’s great that, as a volunteer, I am able to specialise in this area. Being a Special is my way of giving something back to my community and I hope I can inspire others to do the same. “Before I started training with Charlie, I had him for three months so we could bond. Before our course we did some basic training with the dog handlers at Luton Airport to get him ready. He is a fantastic dog with great motivation and he loves his work.” Wayne Humberstone, Specials Chief Officer for Bedfordshire Special Constabulary commented: “From speaking to other dog schools we understand that no other Special Constable has been trained as a specialist dog handler before. This is a huge achievement for John, and helps us achieve Our Vision of becoming a well-respected, high-performing, efficiently run police service working together to protect people, fight crime and keep Bedfordshire safe.” The force’s next Special Constable information evening is on 8 June at 7.30pm, at Bedfordshire Police HQ in Kempston. To find out more about becoming a Special Constable, or to register for the information evening, visit our events pages.
  10. An operation led by Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary turned out to be the end of the road for three motorists. Their cars were stopped, seized and loaded on to a recovery truck when officers uncovered motoring offences including driving with no insurance. The offences were identified with the help of sophisticated Automatic Number Plate Recognition Equipment (ANPR) and the offending vehicles were towed off bearing bright yellow stickers that read: “No insurance means no car!” The initiative, called Operation Himalia, took place in Leighton Buzzard on Monday, April 20, and was part of the force’s wider efforts to gather intelligence and identify those who may be involved in more serious offending too. The aim is to make the county’s roads a ‘no-go’ area for criminals.Operation Himalia Those motorists who committed more minor traffic offences were given advice by the six Specials, who were praised for their proactive work by some drivers. The Special Constabulary is the UK’s volunteer police force, made up of volunteer members of the public who wear uniform on duty and have full police powers. Inspector Jim Hitch who oversaw the operation said: “This operation was resourced entirely by Special Constables, and I’m really grateful to them for giving up their time to protect people and fight crime. “This was a successful operation and we had some really positive feedback from members of the public. It also gave us an opportunity to gain vital intelligence regarding a variety of local issues ranging from drugs supply to motoring offences.” The force will continue to hold similar operations across the county throughout the year. Bedfordshire Police currently has almost 240 Specials, but has ambitious plans to more than double that number by Spring 2017. Special Constables need to be over 18 and prepared to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month – although many enjoy it so much they do more. To find out more about the Special Constabulary, visit our recruitment pages. Source
  11. I've seen lots of tweets today on my twitter feed regarding the drop in numbers of regular officers and PCSOs, but what nobody seems to have noticed is that the biggest percentage drop is Special Constables.      Data tables available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-30-september-2014-data-tables Special Constables are on table 5.   So, why do you think that Special Constabulary numbers are still dropping in most forces?  
  12. I am doing a bit of research on the topic of reward and recognition for special constables as a retention tool, and I am compiling a short report on this subject for my forces SC Steering Group. As well as contacting individual forces, I am keen to find out how individuals feel too. A questionnaire will be sent out to gauge the opinions of the special constabulary within my home force itself, but I wondered if anyone could help me by sharing your opinions, ideas and a little bit of information on reward and recognition schemes in your home forces. For example: Force or service (if you want to provide the force name)? Does your force reward and recognise the contribution made by the special constabulary? If so, how? How do you think forces could effectively reward or recognise the work of individual specials or teams? If anyone feels more comfortable sharing views by private message, then I completely understand. No names will be used in the report, and it is an internal document to help the SC Steering group of my force improve retention. Thanks
  13. I'm sure this will have been mentioned elsewhere on the site but I thought this deserved repeating in the Essex section. I'd like to add my congratulations to Derek. I've been privileged to have worked alongside him on front line duties a lot over the last year or two and he's a top-notch officer. Here's the article: --------------------------------------------------- A high-ranking special police officer has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to policing. Essex Police Assistant Chief Officer of Special Constabulary Derek Hopkins, 62, has been with the force for 34 years. Mr Hopkins said: "I am, of course, extremely proud and feel honoured to have had my voluntary service recognised in this way. “I will not say that I have enjoyed every minute of my 34 years service with Essex Police Special Constabulary – the role of a police officer is often challenging, sometimes traumatic and occasionally dangerous. "I have, however, always found it very rewarding and am privileged to play a small part in an organisation that has, at its heart, people who really want to make a difference in their communities often without thanks or recognition for their enthusiasm and dedication. "I accept the award in the knowledge that it reflects the efforts of all my volunteer colleagues who work tirelessly, fitting their duties around their normal jobs and family lives, to assist full-time colleagues in delivering an enhanced policing service. "I have worked alongside some fantastic people who have always been prepared to guide me in the right direction. “I wish to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues, past and present, for their support and friendship during my time with Essex Police. "I must also recognise that I would not have been able to devote as much time to volunteering as I have without the unwavering support of my family.” Mr Hopkins also has a long association as a Scout leader and instructor and has helped with local fundraising and social groups. Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "I am delighted for Derek and his family and extremely grateful for the continued and enduring commitment Derek provides to the force. “His drive, knowledge and sheer dedication to serving Essex on a voluntary basis is highly recognised. "Derek has dedicated almost 40 years of his life to voluntarily policing Essex, without any financial reward. This is a magnificent achievement which highlights his immense devotion to Essex Police and the public we serve. "He has made an enormous contribution to the safety of residents of Essex at considerable personal sacrifice. His vision and passion for volunteering in the county has set an outstanding example to people both in policing and outside. "Derek’s commitment to serving the people of this county and his determination in making Essex a safe county is inspiring and I would like to sincerely congratulate him on receiving this MBE.” Chief Officer Essex of Special Constabulary Leon Dias said: "I would like to add my sincere congratulations to Derek on receiving his MBE, this very public recognition of his dedication to policing and is a fitting testament to his 34 years of voluntary service to Essex Police. "I have worked alongside Derek for the past 7 years and his energy, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference within our communities is an inspiration." ----------------------------------------------- source: http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/11695176.High_ranking_Essex_Police_officer_from_Silver_End_awarded_MBE/?ref=rss
  14. Well, as above really- I'm an independent special with TVP and really want to transfer to my home force. I've sent an email enquiry more than a month ago, with no response. I wondered if anyone might be able to put me in contact with their line management, who might then be able to give me a specific person to talk to, or even just talk to me about the process. I'm in the WGC/Stevenage/Hatfield area, if there is anyone working local, please get in touch. I didn't take a regular police job offer, I'm in withdrawal now, and need to keep my finger in the pie so to speak. Please, help a brother out!
  15. Dyfed-Powys Police Special Constabulary Contents: Application Process Training Rank Structure Frequently Asked Questions Other 1. Application Process To become a Special Constable within Dyfed-Powys Police, an applicant can find the application forms and other information on the Dyfed-Powys Police website. The forms etc are also listed here: Becoming A Special Constable Brochure Special Constable Application Form Equal Opportunities and Diversity Monitoring Form Special Constable Vetting Check Form Special Constable Fitness Test Information Once these forms have been read, completed and submitted, they are marked by the Special Constabulary Co-Ordinator, and the post holder will then contact the applicant via letter, to inform them whether they have passed the paper sift or now. If you have been successful in passing the paper sift, you will in due course receive a date for an Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre (AC), consists of: Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) which is split into 4 sections. Verbal Usage Information Checking Numeric Reasoning Logical Reasoning Panel Interview - The interviewers are a mixture of serving and senior Special Constables, Trainers, and HR, and the questions are based upon the Police Professional Framework. More information can be found here on the Skills For Justice website. After successful completion of the Assessment Centre, applicants are invited for a Fitness Test and Medical Examination; fitness information has been posted above. Vetting and security checks are carried out throughout the process, and an in-depth form is provided to gather details in regards to family members, previous addresses etc. 2. Training Training has changed over the years; it has previously been 6 weekends, then 8 weekends. Recently in a restructuring of the Special Constabulary; the training was extended over 14 training weekends over 6 months and covers your basic law input, common offences, Pocket Notebook Rules, First Aid, Officer Safety Training and using AIRWAVE radios as well as a diversity input. 3. Rank Structure Dyfed-Powys Police service, through late 2010 and early 2011 re-structured its Special Constabulary; The Special Constabulary is the part-time volunteer section. Its officers are known as Special Constables (all hold the office of Constable no matter what their rank) or informally as Specials. It has become known to many organisations as well as the police that volunteers are best managed by volunteers, so this new command and rank structure has been designed with that in mind, to boost the effectiveness of the Special Constabulary. With this re-structuring, there have been many new appointments, these include the following: Special Constabulary Lead - Superintendent Special Constabulary Co-Ordinator and then we go on to the Specials themselves: Special Constabulary, Chief Officer Special Constabulary, Inspectors; x4 Inspectors, one per Basic Command Unit (BCU) Special Constabulary, Sergeants; formerly Section Officers With this restructuring, Dyfed-Powys Police is the first Police service in Wales to adopt the former National Policing Improvement Agencies (NPIA) National Standard for the Special Constabulary. 4. Frequently Asked Questions Am I eligible to join the Special Constabulary? What powers will I have? What duties can I perform? How much time am I expected to commit? Do I get paid? How long does the application process take? How fit should I be? Are there any occupations a Special Constable cannot hold? What if I got into trouble in my past? How much time is a Special Constable expected to commit? Is this a stepping stone to the Regular Police? Do I need to inform my employer? Do you take my Fingerprints? If I want to apply, what should I do next? What if I want to help, but not as a Special Constable? Am I eligible to join the Special Constabulary? In order to become a Special Constable you must: Be a British or Commonwealth citizen Be aged between 18½ and 55 Enjoy good health and have good vision. The wearing of spectacles or contact lenses is permitted. Be of good character What powers will I have? Special Constables have all the legal powers of their regular counterparts when on and off duty and, as of 1 April 2007, can use their powers throughout England and Wales. Prior to this date, Special Constables' powers were restricted to within their force areas and neighbouring forces only. What duties can I perform? The duties Specials are asked to perform are many and varied. Examples are: Foot patrol with a Community Beat Officer. Crowd and traffic control at local events. General response patrols with Regular Officers. In fact Special Constables participate in most areas of policing How much time am I expected to commit? As a Special Constable in Dyfed Powys, you are asked to commit a minimum of sixteen hours per month and attend a monthly training session. Do I get paid? Special Constables do not get paid. However, out of pocket expenses are paid. Uniform and equipment are provided free, except for footwear for which a small 'Boot Allowance' is paid annually. How long does the application process take? We aim to process applications as quickly and efficiently as possible and will keep applicants informed at all stages of the process. What qualifications should I have? You do not require qualifications to become a Special Constable or a Police Officer. However you will be asked to sit a Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) as part of the recruitment process for the Special Constabulary. Further information will be provided about the test when you request an application form. The main areas tested in the PIRT are: The ability to spell words and construct sentences correctly. The ability to check information quickly and correctly. The ability to solve numerical problems accurately. The ability to reason logically when given facts about events. How fit should I be? You should be reasonably fit, as a fitness test forms part of the recruitment process. Further information will be provided in recruitment pack. Are there any occupations a Special Constable cannot hold? As Special Constables possess the powers and privileges of a regular Constable, it is necessary to minimise the risk that they may be pressed to abuse their powers whilst off duty. The Home Office has identified a number of occupations where there may be a conflict of interest with the role of Special Constables. In view of this, applicants who are employed in these capacities would not be eligible for appointment to the Special Constabulary. A full list is available upon request by telephoning our recruitment team on 01267 226294. A list of Restricted Occupations list Revised by the NPIA in 2011 What if I got into trouble in my past? A conviction or caution is not an automatic eliminator. Disclose all details, including mitigations and each case will be considered on merit. Is this a stepping stone to the Regular Police? The majority stay in the Special Constabulary to give many years of valuable service to the community. Some Special Constables find that they enjoy policing and go on to become regular, full-time Police Officers. The training and experience from being a Special Constable will stand you in good stead both in preparing your application and at the interview. Do I need to inform my employer? All Special Constables are advised to inform their employers of their appointment and the hours they are likely to perform each week so as to satisfy certain requirements under the Working Time Regulations (WTR). You may occasionally have to attend court as a witness during your working hours. If this occurs you would receive prior notice and would be able to claim for any loss of earnings, which resulted. Do you take my Fingerprints? All appointees to the Special Constabulary are required to have their fingerprints taken. These will be retained on file for elimination purposes only and will be destroyed when a Special Constable leaves the Force. If a Special Constable is successful in an application to join the regular force, this information may be transferred. If I want to apply, what should I do next? An application form can be obtained by ringing the Recruitment & Selection 24hr answerphone on 01267 226165, quoting the following reference number 323/WEB or alternatively you can e-mail Specials Recruitment stating your full name, address and date of birth. What if I want to help, but not as a Special Constable? Dyfed Powys Police are also looking for Civilian Volunteers. We give individuals the opportunity to use their skills, experience and local knowledge to make a positive contribution in their community by supporting our work. 5. Other Dyfed-Powys Police SC related videos:
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