Rank: Special Constable Day Job Title: Commercial Airline Pilot Special Since: June 2021
What made you decide to join the Special Constabulary? A combination of curiosity, drive to become a more rounded individual and to give back to the community.
How do you find the balance between working as a special constable in line with your current employment? Now that I can be on duty independently it works perfectly. I can come in at my leisure and work the hours that suit me, giving me sufficient rest to be fit for work but also keep my hours up with the police and thus avoid skill fade.
Do you feel supported by the Constabulary since joining as a special constable? Very much. It is like a small family and everyone I have met has been very supportive and helpful. I am learning new skills every day and meeting new people who I can learn from.
What tasks would you undertake during a shift as a special constable? From the wide and varied jobs on response ranging from welfare checks on the elderly to pulling people off the wrong side of bridge railings and breaking up fights in the town centre. Traffic is my niche, with speeding enforcement and vehicle safety being a priority when out on shift with my colleagues from the Special Constabulary.
What do you enjoy most about working within the Special Constabulary? The sense of achievement at the end of the day. The roll has significantly proven how irrelevant money is. If you enjoy what you do, then you will never work a day in your life.
What do you find most rewarding from your role as a special constable? The knowledge that hopefully, and it doesn’t happen every day, but most shifts, I will have been able to improve someone else’s life through the contact with myself and my colleagues.
Would someone need prior experience in another field in order to be part of the Special Constabulary? The sense of achievement at the end of the day. The roll has significantly proven how irrelevant money is. If you enjoy what you do, then you will never work a day in your life.
What would say to someone considering joining the Special Constabulary? Do it! It has been the most rewarding thing I have done since leaving school… many years ago. Be prepared to be sat with colleagues crying with laughter but equally crying at some of the more challenging jobs you deal with, but, rest easy in the knowledge that everyone supports each other and you will be welcomed into the family.