Fedster + 1,307 Posted September 7, 2018 Share Posted September 7, 2018 Essex Police is encouraging volunteer officers to join CID. Ian Weinfass spoke to two of those who have joined up to see what they think so far. Special constables Michelle Hill and Luke Howard Date - 7th September 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle Two specials recruited into CID teams are providing a valuable contribution, their force says. As reported earlier this year, Essex Police is encouraging volunteer officers to become detectives. It has recruited two specials to the roles so far, though it was aiming for six, but says both investigators are doing well. A force spokesman said: “We will continue to recruit to the remaining posts and hope that the positive experience of our two current special detectives will help us attract others to the role.” The idea is the detectives undertake investigation work, attend incidents, take statements, become officer in the case, and eventually take the national investigators’ exam. Special Constable Michelle Hill started with CID in Southend in April, having first become a special in 2008. She had previously had a spell with detectives in nearby Grays from 2014, and hopes to take her NIE in November. She told Police Oracle: “What I particularly enjoy about working in CID is that as a special generally we stop at the point of handover. “When we’ve been at an incident, we arrest somebody and take them into custody and we never hear about it unless it goes to court. You don’t get the conclusion you only get part of the story. “I think the benefits of being a special in CID is you see the start of it and then you see it all the way through to charge to court as well, the whole process.” SC Luke Howard, a train driver in his full time job, has been a special for four years and started as a detective in Harlow in July. “It’s great being out on the street but I never saw what was going on in the background and processing people through and seeing it through to the end,” he said. “I’ll go out there and nick people, that’s great but I want to take ownership of it. I want to see real bad people taken off the streets and that’s the reason why I joined.” He is learning for his PIP1 accreditation. Both detectives remain warranted officers and keep up with their accreditation in different uniformed specialisms too. The special detectives do juggle their duties with full time jobs, but SC Hill, a consultant in strategy and commissioning for vulnerable adults points out that her day job is flexible and enables her to come in even when her shift. How do they think the regular detectives in their teams have taken to them? “They had a lot of questions,” said SC Hill. “I think going up the chain the DSs and DIs realised that with resources reducing having extra resources to add resilience to the team was a good thing. “We also bring in outside skills as well, fresh in with a different set of eyes. We had another special in  from an IT background, I come from a vulnerable adults and strategic background and we could use those skills in our work.” SC Wilson added: “The team I’m with are brilliant. Other teams [in the building] have asked questions: they don’t know and they want to know." But overall: “They know it’s an extra body for them, they know I’m not there to take their job away they know I’m there to support them.” I View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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