We are asking organisations to consider releasing their staff who are Special Constables by giving them paid time off to undertake their volunteer police duties and/or training.
Allowing staff to become Special Constables offers huge benefits to organisations in terms of staff development - benefits that could not be bought commercially. Working on the street as a police officer with the public means making decisions that have an immediate impact on the people they are dealing with so getting decisions right is crucial. People look to police officers for direction in stressful situations and taking charge of incidents give staff confidence and assertiveness which they can take back to their workplace. The whole experience rapidly develops staff in various ways making them more effective at work.
At the heart of the Special Constabulary training package are the seven core skills or competencies that every police officer must be proficient in, these are:
- Personal Responsibility
- Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Customer Focus
- Respect for Diversity
These are transferable skills which they will be able to put to use, not only in their professional capacity, but also in their personal life.
Your business can become part of the Employer Supported Policing scheme, which gives you the opportunity to support the Special Constabulary through a number of different options. The scheme enables an effective partnership between employers, their staff and the police and can support individuals who wish to volunteer time for the benefit of Derbyshire communities.
Derbyshire Constabulary own Employer Supported Policing Scheme is for members of our own staff who wish to become Special Constables. For example, we provide eight hours of paid leave per month.
Employer supported policing provides employees with access to the full training and skills set needed to become a Special Constable.
Email enquiries can be sent via ESP@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk