Could you become a Special Constable?

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WEST Mercia Police is looking for people to become Special Constables.

Specials are uniformed police volunteers working when suits them to help police towns and villages alongside regular officers.

Full training will be given.

Guy Fewtrell, chief officer for the Special Constabulary, said: “The importance of the Special Constabulary as a valuable addition to the regular police cannot be underestimated. Specials are the ultimate active citizens, creating the crucial link between police and the communities by taking part in the way their communities are policed and helping to cut crime and the fear of crime.

“Anyone who is interested in becoming a special and who is over 18, in good health and with clear vision can apply. Specials can be any height and you don’t need qualifications, just honesty and integrity, a positive approach, with the ability to work in a team and be willing to learn new skills”.

If you are interested in joining, visit www.specialswanted.co.uk, email specials@warwickshireandwestmercia.pnn.police.uk or call 01905 331433.

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4:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

silentbull2 says...

THE 'SYSTEM STINKS! !!'
Its done on the cheap and because it's done on the cheap law & order in this county/country will only get worse.
THE 'SYSTEM STINKS! !!' Its done on the cheap and because it's done on the cheap law & order in this county/country will only get worse. silentbull2
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9:32pm Sun 9 Mar 14

jd1950 says...

It is a good idea, and lets people with a job, help their community in their spare time, it is not cheap, and these people are fully qualified police officers with the same powers as the ordinary officer.
It is a good idea, and lets people with a job, help their community in their spare time, it is not cheap, and these people are fully qualified police officers with the same powers as the ordinary officer. jd1950
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5:51am Mon 10 Mar 14

silentbull2 says...

jd1950 wrote:
It is a good idea, and lets people with a job, help their community in their spare time, it is not cheap, and these people are fully qualified police officers with the same powers as the ordinary officer.
How can they be "fully qualified police officers"??
'Yes' they have the same powers but only working (unpaid mostly)for per week they certainly won't have the experience and knowledge of a fully qualified officer! !!
This taken from wiki...

Special constables are not the same aspolice community support officers(PCSOs), who are employed by police forces to provide operational support to regular officers. Special constables usually work for a minimum of 16/25 hours per month (depending on the force - the national minimum is 16 hours), although many do considerably more. Special constables might receive some expenses and allowances from the police service, including a £1,100 "recognition award" in Scotland and some forces in England, but their work is otherwise voluntary and unpaid.Special constables have identical powers to their regular (full-time) colleagues and work alongside regular police officers, but most special constabularies in England and Wales have their own organisational structure and grading system, which varies from force to force. Special constabularies are headed by a commandant or chief officer, who are themselves special constables. Within Scotland, a number of forces in England and Wales, and the British Transport Police, special constables have no separate administrative structure and no grading system.
I say again....
It's done on the cheap, and because of that law &order in this country/county will suffer!!!
[quote][p][bold]jd1950[/bold] wrote: It is a good idea, and lets people with a job, help their community in their spare time, it is not cheap, and these people are fully qualified police officers with the same powers as the ordinary officer.[/p][/quote]How can they be "fully qualified police officers"?? 'Yes' they have the same powers but only working (unpaid mostly)for per week they certainly won't have the experience and knowledge of a fully qualified officer! !! This taken from wiki... Special constables are not the same aspolice community support officers(PCSOs), who are employed by police forces to provide operational support to regular officers. Special constables usually work for a minimum of 16/25 hours per month (depending on the force - the national minimum is 16 hours), although many do considerably more. Special constables might receive some expenses and allowances from the police service, including a £1,100 "recognition award" in Scotland and some forces in England, but their work is otherwise voluntary and unpaid.Special constables have identical powers to their regular (full-time) colleagues and work alongside regular police officers, but most special constabularies in England and Wales have their own organisational structure and grading system, which varies from force to force. Special constabularies are headed by a commandant or chief officer, who are themselves special constables. Within Scotland, a number of forces in England and Wales, and the British Transport Police, special constables have no separate administrative structure and no grading system. I say again.... It's done on the cheap, and because of that law &order in this country/county will suffer!!! silentbull2
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9:06am Mon 10 Mar 14

A.Non01 says...

jd1950 wrote:
It is a good idea, and lets people with a job, help their community in their spare time, it is not cheap, and these people are fully qualified police officers with the same powers as the ordinary officer.
actually I don't think that is true anymore. Now potential Police recruits have to do time as a special BEFORE they are accepted for training.
[quote][p][bold]jd1950[/bold] wrote: It is a good idea, and lets people with a job, help their community in their spare time, it is not cheap, and these people are fully qualified police officers with the same powers as the ordinary officer.[/p][/quote]actually I don't think that is true anymore. Now potential Police recruits have to do time as a special BEFORE they are accepted for training. A.Non01
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