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  1. As someone has already done in another forum, I suppose I should do some grown up stuff. Can someone post the issued kit and uniform lists for Regs and Specials for KPS?
  2. Pilot underway in Hampshire where type of medical emergency 'could include cardiac arrest'. Special constables in Hampshire are now serving as first responders for the ambulance service. A trial has begun which will see six specials, who have been trained by paramedics, deployed to carry out initial lifesaving treatment at medical emergencies where an ambulance would struggle to get there in time. A statement from the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) says: “The type of medical emergencies the special constables could be sent to include patients in cardiac arrest where every second saved before treatment commences makes a real difference to the patient surviving.” Local Police Federation chairman John Apter said the scheme is covering gaps in the "broken" ambulance service with resources from another overstretched one. Richard Tracey, SCAS community responder manager, said: “Due to the nature of their work, the special constables in Hampshire are often roaming across the more rural parts of the county. “If we get a 999 emergency call saying someone is in cardiac arrest in such areas, they could be the closest medically trained person to the incident by a good few minutes.” The training provided by SCAS enables the specials to carry out basic lifesaving skills, including the use of oxygen and a defibrillator, which can be used to provide a shock to patients in cardiac arrest. Hampshire Special Constabulary Deputy Chief Officer Russell Morrison said: “The partnership has enabled the six special constables to develop and enhance their emergency first aid capabilities. “It is something they are extremely passionate about; being able to offer an additional, potential lifesaving service to the communities and people they help keep safe.” The specials will respond for SCAS to medical emergencies in their patrol vehicles under normal road conditions. This is similar to the service provided by existing community first responders across the ambulance service region. The ambulance service says the specials will be classified as first responders when deployed by them so should the patient they help dies it will not count as a death following police contact for the purposes of an IPCC investigation. Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said: “Any initiative which sees police officers assisting other 999 services such as this and giving first aid to those who need it will be a good thing, however for years police officers have given first aid. “But this initiative is papering over the cracks of a broken ambulance service with scarce police resources, at a time when our officers are struggling to respond to our own 999 calls. “If our special constabulary do have extra capacity then why don’t we deploy them to where they’re needed in some of our busiest areas?” View on Police Oracle
  3. Hi all, I am new to this forum. I start my Specials training with Kent Police on 10th December. Having been a Special before with Hertfordshire Police I cannot wait to start. Is anyone else starting their training on this date?
  4. PCC ordered force to have 900 volunteer officers – but nearly 300 have been removed since he left office. A celebratory picture issued in August 2015 featuring former PCC Adam Simmonds and Chief Constable Simon Edens, marking the force having 500 specials. In January 2017 it has 438 Specials numbers have dropped by nearly 40 per cent at a force which spent £250,000 in an effort to have 900 of the officers on its books. Former Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds imposed the target number for specials recruitment while he was in office. In a bid to achieve this he outsourced work to recruitment firm Manpower, having them chase the target right up until he stood down as PCC in May. Specials numbers peaked at 722 in March 2016 as a result of this, but have now dropped to 438. Stephen Mold, his successor in the PCC post, abolished the arbitrary target last May. Supt Chris Hillery, head of local policing at the force, said in a statement: “A number of specials resigned in 2016 and we were very pleased to welcome some who joined the force as full-time officers. However, for others, their personal circumstances had changed and they were no longer able to commit to regular duties.” He added the force has been contacting those who had not been active in the last six months to see if they wanted to stay on, which led to a number being taken off the books. “Our special constables remain an important part of our workforce and we now have 438 volunteer officers who complete regular tours of duty and make a highly valued contribution to our operational activities,” Supt Hillery added. The PCC-driven policy was the subject of disquiet among some in the force, and HMIC criticised it for bringing in too many specials too quickly. But Mr Simmonds, speaking to PoliceOracle.com last year, claimed: "The amount of money […] [£250,000] isn't a lot for what we were getting out of it and what we have got out of it: which is hundreds of thousands of more hours and more people engaged in policing and more opportunities for people to reduce crime.” Former officer Justin Brown, who toyed with standing for the PCC job himself described the spending as “utterly incredible, utterly wasteful” and labelled the 900-target as being politically driven “as opposed to an operational need”. Essex PCC Roger Hirst and Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl have both recently made similar pledges, telling their respective forces to double the number of specials. View On Police Oracle
  5. Looking at the number concerns raised around the quality/quantity of PST I start to wonder what is actually being delivered by different forces. Within the cathedral constabularies we receive two full days annually of PST, which generally covers unarmed techniques, rigid handcuffs and tactical baton training. Although these are repeated on every occasion they occasionally include cell/vehicle extraction (not that we have any), leg restraints etc. We do not have PAVA so don't cover this. We also have a written knowledge check test which must be passed along with competency assessment. We receive separate first aid training so this does not form part of PST. From some Home Office force colleagues I have spoken to it appears some officers only get one day annual refresher and in one force this includes first aid. Now the quality of instruction we receive is excellent, however, I think two days annually is insufficient, never mind one. I just wondered what the picture was nationally, and if officers are receiving only one day training annually isn't it any wonder injuries to officers are sky high. I know some posters are PST instructors so I would particularly welcome hearing from them.
  6. I was having a browse over the law in relation to incapacitant sprays (PAVA/CS etc) and am a bit confused with the legistlation: So if specials are not members of the police force in E&W and they aren't employees either are they technically breaking the law or have I missed something here?
  7. Afternoon, Just wanted to get an idea on how people view ESP (Employer Supported) Policing within the Special Constabulary? and also what people feel are the pros and cons. I can see the benefits for employers such as BTP who encourage their police staff to take part and offer them the opportunity to work 8 hours per month of their full time role out on the streets as a Special as well as any training required. It allows staff to see both sides of the coin but also gives BTP a larger number of officers to use when needed. Opinions please.............
  8. PLANS to put a special constable in every parish in Essex have been branded a “publicity stunt” by the county’s police union boss. Echo full story: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14641306.Bobbies_on_the_beat_plan_labelled_a____stunt___/?utm_content=buffer39c3e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#comments-anchor Arghh, this makes me so angry. Doesn't this PCC know that the idea of Parish Special Constables doesn't work as Northants have already scrapped their trial of it?
  9. Just wanted to get an update as to what individual forces allow with regard to driving in the special constabulary. The old table is a a few years out of date - I know a few forces have new policies now. Here's a survey for you to complete if you like. I'll collate the responses into a snazzy table. Mods: Wasn't sure whether to put this in the specials recruitment forum or not. Please move if you think necessary.
  10. 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.
  11. Volunteer of the Year with Pembrokeshire Frame Winner: Chris Evans Rosemary Davies made the nomination... ‘Chris is a Special Constable, giving up hours of his own time each month to assist regular officers to keep Pembrokeshire safe. There are actually over 20 Special Constables in Pembrokeshire - each giving over 20 hours a month of their time. Chris is the Special Inspector for Pembs and last month he clocked over 40 hours of time. Chris coordinates training and ensures Special Constables are safe and prepared. He is cheerful, welcoming, skilled and generous. He has a young family of his own and also manages to juggle a full time job in the refinery. In this age of austerity the blue line is so very thin - Special Constables on duty make all the difference.’ http://radiopembrokeshire.com/?do=wpage&page=Local_Hero_Awards_2016
  12. Interesting take on the idea of a Special Constable. The RCMP are no longer allowing auxiliaries (special constables) to ride-along with regular RCMP officers. This is mainly because the auxiliaries are unarmed. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/auxiliary-rcmp-officers-no-longer-allowed-in-police-cars-1.3422538
  13. So I am about to start training for Specials, any tips or advice? Do's and Don'ts? Trying to read the pre-joining reading is awfully painful with over 200 pages to read
  14. Great to see so many joining up. A record number of people will be joining the ranks of the GMP Special constabulary at an attestation ceremony tomorrow. http://manchestergazette.co.uk/record-breaking-number-of-gmp-specials-226/
  15. So I’ve been thinking about the role of Specials a lot lately. Hampshire, like most forces at the moment, are going through a very acute period of change and I think the role of Special Constable needs to radically change to stay relevant. In previous years having Specials who would rock up on a Saturday and just walk around in a uniform was the done thing. Whilst some still do this to some extent, there has been a big push towards professionalising the SC, integrating with regular teams and enhancing their skills. There are some specials who are regarded by their regular peers and their regular supervision as just as competent as any PC. Whilst they are a minority they do exist and I think this is the future of the SC. The vast disparity between Specials competence needs to be addressed and we need to move away from the perceptions of old that are increasingly becoming very outdated. There has been discussions previously about abolition of the SC and replacing it with a “reserve force” akin to the army reserves or retained firefighters. In my view, integration is really the key to making sure officers are competent and deployable. I think having only specials manning a public order bus is probably a relic of the past now. Attitudes and culture have progressed by a huge amount in merely the last 5 years. The SC of the 2000s isn't the same as it is now and won't be the same as it is in 2020. The College of Policing have suggested some very progressive ideas in their leadership review, including the idea that Specials could hold PACE ranks of sergeant and inspector. This has been very controversial with some Chief Constables coming out in favour and some more notably like the Met Commissioner very much against. Many of the Fed chairs have also given their views such as John Apter from Hampshire’s Fed saying “Within Hampshire Constabulary what we have seen is a massive reduction in the sergeant rank, and then to have special constables, unpaid willing volunteers, to come in and start plugging that gap, I think would be morally wrong and questionable at every level.” Which brings me to the crux of this matter. Most people would say that the Special Constabulary’s remit is to support and not replace the regular force. I think this rather misses the point. I think we need to be pragmatic here. The government are slashing our budgets certainly up until 2020 and nothing is going to stop that course of action – it’s a deep ideological stance. Even after 2020, there is likely to be only very modest increases in funding at the very best. So what can the SC be used for in this new world? IMO, Specials are there to give a level of operational flexibility that we otherwise can’t afford. This should be throughout the whole of the constabulary from response officers to management. This IS supporting the regular force. As for replacing, I think this is misnomer; officers will be cut and if we can use SCs to continue to give the level of service the public deserve then should we purposefully degrade the service out of principle? I would say that is not why anyone joined the service. I think we need to leave this old way of thinking behind and look what specials can do now and what they could do if supported and integrated properly. Most officers and staff in many forces are working to absolute capacity and I think it would be wrong for the SC to stay as underutilised as it currently is.
  16. So unlike regulars we don't have a paycheck each month to keep us coming in. For most officers there is intrinsic pleasure in doing a worthwhile job, but do you feel valued? Perhaps more specifically do you feel valued by you regular and/or special line management and your force in general? Do you feel that you are thanked enough for the time and efforts you put in? I've been a Police Cadet leader since April 2014 and it's really interesting to be in a team where regs, staff and specials all volunteer time and because everyone is equal there has been a very good response from the force lead etc in making everyone feel thanked and valued. To be honest, I feel that in my force the management take much of the time Specials dedicate for granted and I only realised that when I realised that it could be different. It doesn't need to be much, just genuine thanks from senior officers. My response team had a bit of a shake up and we had a new reg sgt who talked to me one on one and said that he really appreciated my work, that I have a positive impact to the team and that I'm well respected in the team. That one 15 minute conversation gave a huge boost to my morale - it didn't require a lot of effort, nor did it require any expense but it did make a difference. I just feel it's a shame that it's taken 5 years to really have that level of recognition and I did feel undervalued during this time. So do your peers and supervision show they value you and your work?
  17. I was wondering what specific training roads policing specials get if they're specifically attached to traffic in your force (if any), and if they have any requirements, ie certain hours. ive tried looking it up but there isn't much, and I cannot find the 'checklist' if you want to call it that, that they get when they join (like re-doing your safe and lawful checklist) apolgoises if if this made no sense, thanks
  18. Hi, I am Mark 33 from Cheshire. I will hopefully be joining Cheshire Special Constabulary very soon, with hoping to become a regular in a few years time, if I enjoy it. I look forward to hearing from other members and reading your comments, stories etc All the best Mark
  19. We are approaching the Specials community (with permission from Police Community with whom the details have been shared) seeking support for a Specials officer who we believe has been treated very poorly by his force. He was summarily removed from his S/Superintendent post and rank. There is no disciplinary or performance issue nor was any real explanation given by the force (other than that as a volunteer he "does not have any rights"). His options as offered were to revert to Spc or leave the organisation. We believe this is no way to treat a volunteer and that this unfair, inappropriate and (likely) unlawful behaviour by the force should not go unchallenged. As specials do not have an equivalent staff association to the Federation (or Unison), he has been forced to take legal action to protect his position, and the wider interests of all Specials. The action relates to the legal status of Specials and particularly those holding ranks above Constable. We are in need of financial support to continue the litigation. We are aware that there are some Specials out there with business interests and/or significant personal wealth who might be willing and able to assist in this way. For obvious reasons we are limited in what we can say on a public forum but we will of course share details with anybody who may be in a position to help with funding. We would welcome both large and small contributions. For more information please contact specialsappeal@gmail.com
  20. Interesting, much obviously being made of the drop in regs, staff and PCSO's but the biggest drop again is with Special Constable numbers. Special constablesFigure 15 shows that special constable numbers generally increased between March 2006 and March 2012, with the largest increases seen in March 2011 and March 2012. Since then, there have been large falls over the last three years. Police forces have cited various reasons for falls in the special constable numbers over the last year (9.4% or 1,663 special constables), including specials leaving to become paid police officers, recruitment freezes and difficulty filling posts. Figure 15: Special constables, as at 31 March 2006 to 2015, England and Wales Chart notes 1. Based on headcount figures for the 43 forces of England and Wales only. Source: Home Office, Police workforce, table 3. Females accounted for 30.7 per cent of all special constables, this is slightly higher than for police officers, but lower than other worker types. Minority Ethnic special constables comprised 11.2 per cent of all special constables, considerably higher (5.7 percentage points) than for officers. Compared with a year earlier, the proportion of special constables who were Minority Ethnic rose by 0.3 percentage points. In the year to 31 March 2015, 4,127 special constables joined the 43 police forces, accounting for 25.6 per cent of special constables. Over the same period, 5,110 special constables left, representing a wastage rate of 31.7 per cent. During the 12 months to 31 March 2015, 12.7 per cent of police officer joiners were previously special constables (Table 5b). These joiner and leaver rates are much higher than for other worker types, highlighting the higher turnover rate of special constables. The Metropolitan Police had the most special constables with 3,659, accounting for 22.7 per cent of the total across all 43 forces. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2015
  21. A quick Government Health Warning to you Regulars out there. Us Specials compare notes in detail about you. We talk about who we like to work with, who is good in a scrap, who makes the best brews/cakes and which pairings always manage to be deployed in far flung villages while the pubs and clubs are kicking out. One of the things we also rate is the quality of your Response driving – it’s very subjective seeing as we only have A to B grading but even so it varies between “Have we actually got our lights on because we aren’t going any faster” to “SHIIIIIIIIIIIT I’M GOING TO DIE”. This becomes relevant later on, so to the account of last night, a mid-month Saturday night in town. 1900 – Arrive in the station. The Skipper tells me that one of the clubs has an ‘event’ on and there has been a bit of personnel movement around the county. He suggests I go with two officers (male and female – this too is relevant later). I know them both though I’ve only worked with the man before – if you add their ages together they are still 5 years younger than me! 1940-2000 – The Inspector wants a high profile presence in town tonight so we do an early walk through and call in the various pubs. Not too many folk out yet and the mood is good, one ‘lady of a certain age’ seems to take a shine to me and I have trouble getting rid of her. The old ‘finger to the ear-piece and distant look’ trick gets me away! 2000+ Immediate call to an incomplete 999 in a village about 10 miles away – possible domestic. So, the young man is driving (complete with very daft haircut, the youth of today (sighs)). I am very impressed, smooth, rapid – we hit 110 mph at one point (rural) but I never felt unsafe and some very difficult stretches that cause a lot of accidents were taken at sensible speed. We arrive and after some confusion over the address (three streets start at the same junction and there are no numbers on the doors) we gain entry. A young woman with three children under 7. She is very anti-police and won’t tell us anything. She seems to have a real problem with my male colleague. I do a quick search, all is clean, reasonably tidy, there is food in the fridge and the children seem well cared for. The mum is kicking off and eventually I manage to get the two younger children to come with me into the kitchen where they get themselves a drink. The toddler finds a new game running round me and jumping over my boots – good job I have big feet. This gives my female colleague a chance to get some details from the mum. She point blank refuses to give the name of her partner but eventually tells us what the argument was about (same old same old, use your imagination). She is going to stay with friends but refuses to tell us where. The taxi has arrived so I go and get the driver’s details and ask him to make a note of where she goes. Ultimately, we are satisfied that the woman and her children are safe, so she goes on her way. My male colleague and I agree that without having had a woman officer present we would probably have ended up arresting her and getting social services involved. We head back to the station to update the system. I call the cabbie but he can only give us the road he dropped her on. All relevant systems are updated – she is ‘known’ so we add her new address and flag it up for the various support and protection agencies to follow up. 2200. Urgent run to a local fast food emporium to pick up refs – tonight its….Chinese! My crewmates, the Skipper and the Inspector eat while the Boss regales us with tales of his time on the ferries (vomit, vomit and more vomit) and the problem of his dog’s clogged rear hair (somehow we manage to eat our food!). 2230. Another Inspector from the south of the county arrives bringing two of my Special colleagues with him. We divvy ourselves up, along with two of the night crew and go boots down in town. By this time we have been joined by PC Rain. It is, to coin a phrase, p***ing down! 2300-0400 In town. I deal with the following – in roughly this order. Rain. Numerous encounters with my ‘woman of a certain age’. I swear the mad bint is stalking me. I end up almost running away! Rain. Bloke falls down the steps of the night club and knocks himself out. Ambulance arrives and he looks in a poor state. The inspector later calls and asks for CCTV as it is looking bad. 20 minutes later we get the all clear as he has recovered faster than Lazarus and wants to come back out. Did I mention that it was raining. Drunk teenager on a bus night out whose mother has got a strop on with her mates who found her and are trying to help. Mum is told to wind it in and take her daughter home. It rains some more, take shelter under the Street Pastors’ umbrellas – fantastic folk. Three way tiff (2 Male, 1 Female) where one of the males is turning very nasty but decides to walk off in a huff. The female accidentally kicks the skipper which raises a smile, especially when she does it again. Who says sergeants have no sense of humour? One amorous couple are politely asked to wait until they get home, or at least into a taxi before they remove each other’s clothing – it is after all still piddling down. It stops raining…then start again. I get a tap on the shoulder from a chap who explains that he is on a scavenger hunt and a selfie with a copper is worth good points. At this moment he recognises me – we worked together for a few months last year. I oblige and he goes away happy. It carries on raining. A group of older, impeccably dressed and exceedingly p***ed ladies and gents form an incongruous picture as they process down the street to their minibus. Hammered they may have been, but they were at least dressed for the elements and were very polite. Rain. Just as it looks like winding down a comatose female appears being carried by a bouncer and her friend (where were they taking her?) She is very out of it and the nearest ambulance is 30 minutes away. ARU are hanging round and as they have the trauma kit we put her in a car with one of them and off they go to hospital where colossal alcohol intake is diagnosed (no ####, Sherlock!). 0415. Off duty. The high profile tactics seem to have paid off as we had no arrests which is a rarity for town on a Saturday night and yes, there was a callsign that managed to be ‘busy’ out in the sticks all night and never appeared in town! 0445. Get home, hang up my goretex hi-viz and my hat to dry and go to bed.
  22. Hi guys, Is there any other particular reason a lot of people previously from police specials moved over to this site? Apart from it being a lot more slick? Thanks, KT.
  23. Ok so I am just about to take ownership of our Special Constabulary's force wide official twitter account and as this will be a new account solely for the Specials across the force I want it to be well used and effectively utilised. With this in mind I thought that I would get some ideas from everyone on how they are currently used within forces and how effective you think they are. So I guess my questions are; Who are the authors on the account?How often are tweets put out?What sort of content do you send out?Who are the main audience you are appealing to?Anything to avoid?
  24. Dorset Police Special Constabulary Banner View File A banner for those of the Dorset Police Special Constabulary. Submitter Webley Submitted 15/12/14 Category Userbar Library
  25. Hello all, Been accepted for Special Constabulary week or two ago and training starts saturday (Little bit excited, not gonna lie ) I've been tasked with looking into a few items before training as theyll underpin my course. One of which is... After some extensive googling im still struggling to find much and wonder if anyone knows of any good examples i can do some reading into Thanks all