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Calling Specials in for a State of Emergency

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I've long "known" that were the Prime Minister or Home Secretary to declare a "State of Emergency" for the United Kingdom then Special Constables could by virtue be "activated" as full time Police Officers in order to deal with said emergency. Does anyone know where I've got this from and if it is in fact in any legislation or regs or is even true in any way?

Wikipedia seems to suggest it is actually HRH who declares it and it may have a relation to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 but short of reading the whole thing I'm not so sure...

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As I understand it only in the event of war can SCs be compelled to duty.

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@Beaker  Talking of war duties ,I know that I when I joined the specials to help out on Friday/ Saturday night etc I was told that we must do war duties training, we did a lot it seemed to me, map reading etc. We remained special constables and never ever heard any talk of us being made into regs then (which is going back a bit admittedly)but hopefully we would have been given some remuneration. 

In the event of a four minute warning of a nuclear blast we were to take cover along with the regulars and when the all clear sounded the specials would supposedly go outside from the station (wearing our issued personal docimetre) and taking the main Geiger counter with us to take readings. This machine was a bit like the one JB had in Dr No to test where the rock samples taken  from Crab Key had been. 

I can’t remember what the roentgens safety reading had to be now but I was told that the idea was that the regs were going to stay put inside while we did this, it all sounds a bit weird now but we had at least ninety or a hundred specials then in our div. In those days  our job was to plot damage and also maybe guard the food/ petrol outlets etc, how we were supposed to do this I’m not quite sure, and I don’t think our trainer was either.   I did about      years of all this until something happened abroad and they knocked it all on the head virtually overnight, much to the regulars annoyance, (they liked the day off when they had their training at Hq. A few told me  it was a nice steady day)

 After this time I never heard another word about it or had any more training for such like other than the JESMIP of course (joint emergency services major incident procedures) . We seemed to get that every year till it was coming out our ears. That’s all I know about specials war duties training and such like so it isn’t much and probably worth zilch. I wonder if someone has a cunning plan for special constables to follow hidden away should the wheel come off big time.  :D. Rich. 

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I had images of Dads Army in my head when I read that

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Wasn't that the 'Nuclear Ned' training and visits to the shelters etc?

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