Rank: Special Constable Day Job Title: Senior Corporate Planning Officer for the Fire Service Special Since: June 2022
What made you decide to join the Special Constabulary? Working for the emergency service, I have seen how the people who respond to incidents do extraordinary things every time, making a massive difference in the lives of people around them at a time when they need someone the most. I wanted to be that person who is there for someone in their time of need, to offer assurance and support.
How do you find the balance between working as a special constable in line with your current employment? As I work a flexible job, I’m able to fit in shifts around my work. My partner works nights, so I quite like working a night when he’s out at work, as it keeps me busy when I would otherwise just be in the house alone.
Do you feel supported by the Constabulary since joining as a special constable? The people who I have met on my intake are some of the best people I’ve ever met. We’ve all supported each other through everything and become friends. The specials management team, despite being higher ranking officer and having their own jobs and families, always have time for you and are so friendly and personable that you feel you can go to them when you need help, even if it’s something small.
What tasks would you undertake during a shift as a special constable? Going out on response with a regular officer, you can assist them in their duties and you’d be surprised at the difference you can make and how much they will appreciate it.
What do you enjoy most about working within the Special Constabulary? The people you meet, from members of the public to colleagues.
What do you find most rewarding from your role as a special constable? Assuring people that they are safe and looked after, even if they’ve been arrested. Showing decency, regardless of circumstance can make all the difference in someone’s attitude and the most unlikely people will end up thanking you after a job.
Would someone need prior experience in another field in order to be part of the Special Constabulary? Not at all, no matter what you do you will bring transferrable skills to the table. You’ll also gain some new skills to take into your life outside of policing. I’ve found my conflict resolution and my confidence when dealing calmly with conflict has totally changed and I’m much better now.
What would say to someone considering joining the Special Constabulary? Have a go. If you don’t enjoy it then nobody would think any less of you, but you might just find something which you really enjoy doing. It’s important to keep learning and get out of your comfort zone.