Rank: Special Chief Inspector Day Job Title: Purchasing Director Special Since: Started with GMP Aug 06 Transferred to Cheshire: May 23
What made you decide to join the Special Constabulary? I wanted to do some volunteer work that would be beneficial to the community. I wanted to give something back to the country that gave my father a chance to better his life when he came here in 1959. As a Sikh we are expected to undertake Selfless service for the community, I felt that this role would suite me. Other factors, Personal Growth: Becoming a special provided opportunities for personal development, leadership, and acquiring valuable skills in communication and problem-solving. Teamwork and Camaraderie: The sense of camaraderie and teamwork within the special constabulary was appealing as I enjoy working in a supportive and cohesive environment. Sense of Purpose: Being a special constable provides a clear sense of purpose and the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Finally, the desire to serve and protect the community while gaining personal and professional fulfilment.
How do you find the balance between working as a special constable in line with your current employment? I don’t find it that difficult. I ensure that I work every Friday evening after my day job to ensure that I can meet the minimum I signed up to. That said I do go above and beyond the minimum hours. My passion is still the same as it was when I started with GMP back in 2006.
Do you feel supported by the Constabulary since joining as a special constable? Yes I feel very supported by the Constabulary since I transferred to Cheshire.
What new skills or opportunities have you gained? What tasks would you undertake during a shift as a special constable? I have received various skills and training since transferring to Cheshire, such as driving the Police van, Compliant Stop Driving (not available at GMP), fast car training and soon I will be completing the standard driving course and taser training (not available at GMP). The main tasks I complete on shift are response work and mentoring / tutoring new specials. I will also be doing a lot of community work within Cheshire North BCU to ensure good relationships with the police.
What do you enjoy most about working within the Special Constabulary? I enjoy working within the special constabulary because it offers the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community, contribute to public safety, and develop valuable skills.
What do you find most rewarding from your role as a special constable? The sense of fulfilment and satisfaction I gain from serving the community as the most rewarding aspect of the role. I appreciate the opportunity to make a tangible difference, promote public safety, and build stronger connections with the local community. Additionally, the diverse and challenging nature of the work provides a sense of personal growth and accomplishment.
Would someone need prior experience in another field in order to be part of the Special Constabulary? No.
What would you say to someone considering joining the Special Constabulary?Anyone considering joining the special constabulary, I would say that it can be a highly rewarding and fulfilling experience. It offers a unique opportunity to actively contribute to public safety, make a positive impact in the community, and develop valuable skills. However, keep in mind that it can also be challenging and demanding at times, so be prepared for commitment and dedication. Overall, if you have a passion for helping others and serving your community, becoming a special constable could be a fulfilling and meaningful path to explore.
If you are someone considering transferring to Cheshire, I would say that we value the experience and skills you've gained from your current force. Transferring can provide new opportunities and a fresh perspective.