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Natt20

Special Constable - University Project

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Hi,

I am conducting a project relating to Special Constable's across the UK. If you could spare 5mins of your time to answer the following questions, I would appreciate this greatly! Your names will not be disclosed within my project.

Which force do you work for?

On average how many hours per week do you complete on duty?

How long was your training to be a SC?

Is there anything you would have changed about your training?

Do you think this training is adequate for you to do the exact role as a police constable?

Do you have continuous training whilst on duty to ensure you are update with your role?

Is there any further training which you have done after completing your initial training? For example Public Order?

How often do you crew with a PC?

What was/is your reason to become an SC?

Do the public know your not a PC and treat you differently?

 

Thank you for all of your time! Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Natalie.

 

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On 17/01/2017 at 3:28 PM, Natt20 said:

Hi,

I am conducting a project relating to Special Constable's across the UK. If you could spare 5mins of your time to answer the following questions, I would appreciate this greatly! Your names will not be disclosed within my project.

Which force do you work for?

On average how many hours per week do you complete on duty?

How long was your training to be a SC?

Is there anything you would have changed about your training?

Do you think this training is adequate for you to do the exact role as a police constable?

Do you have continuous training whilst on duty to ensure you are update with your role?

Is there any further training which you have done after completing your initial training? For example Public Order?

How often do you crew with a PC?

What was/is your reason to become an SC?

Do the public know your not a PC and treat you differently?

 

Thank you for all of your time! Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Natalie.

 

I'm a former Special (joined the job as a regular PC late 2015) but I'll answer;

1) Greater Manchester Police

2) Totally dependant on work. I worked in the building trade whilst a Special so it would depend on how busy I was. Generally between 8-10hrs a week but there were times when I went 2/3months without going on duty due to work.

3) Yes. We were given basic law training, like literally a skim over of the offences and different ways of committing them. I appreciate it's generally weekend training for Specials but it needed to be more in depth. Also, the operational side such as use of computer systems was non existent, I didn't know what an MG11 form was until a few weeks into being out and as for any other MG forms I didn't know they existed. I think I'm right in saying since 2012 GMP revamped the training for Specials to significantly upskill them. However, there is a responsibility on the individual to self learn.

4) No. 

5) After 2 years I completed a tutor course and a S165 seizure course.

6) I'd attached myself to a particular shift and I'd work predominantly with the PCSO's but on occasions I would go out with a PC who I knew very well. That was my choice (after clearing it with the Sergeant)

7) To see if I wanted to be a cop. Was it for me? 

8) No, that's not to say I ever hid it from anyone who asked but the public see a uniform and don't care if it's a Special or a regular - they expect you to be a police officer and do your duty equally.

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