Fedster + 1,307 Posted December 27, 2020 Share Posted December 27, 2020 Devon and Cornwall Federation chair said Specials must "support" but not "replace" fully-train officers after revelations they will be paid for extra duties this winter. Andy Berry, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation chair Date - 23rd December 2020 By - Chloe Livadeas Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alison Hernandez will pay members of the Special Constabulary to provide additional ‘COVID duties’ over the Christmas period. The Federation was consulted on the plans, which will see Specials receiving a payment of £750 for extra duties this winter. But Devon and Cornwall Police Federation Chairman Andy Berry said Specials must not replace his members and instead continue to ‘support’ them. He called it “a significant diversion from their well-established volunteer status”. Mr Berry said: “This interesting experiment which has essentially been developed on the hoof to, as the PCC says, ‘test the concept’ will need careful analysis to ensure that it is effective, value for money and doesn’t bring with it unintended consequences.” Devon and Cornwall seem to be the first force to offer cash for additional duties rather than reward Specials for work already done, as in the West Midlands. PCC David Jamieson decided to pay West Midlands Specials £150 for every 16 hours extra they had put in during the pandemic. Mr Berry went on to say: “I am a massive supporter of the Special Constabulary and was always grateful of their assistance when I worked a beat, but we need to ensure that the long-standing relationship of the Special Constabulary supporting my members but not replacing them remains. “At a time when our colleagues are under significant pressure, I’m glad that the PCC is being imaginative on how she might support exhausted officers across the force, and I look forward to being involved in a detailed review of the effectiveness and practicality of this experiment. “Specials are in my view brilliant individuals giving up their free time to help keep their communities safe - but they are not fully qualified police officers and don’t have the benefit of the extensive training which officers get.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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