Why should a paid member of staff give up their time for free to train specials? Likewise they shouldnt have their rest days re-rostered to train specials. The OST trainers are mainly (if not all) civillian police staff and as such they have employment rights. If the force started messing them around chopping and changing rest days to suit then the trainers could get unions involved etc and potentially/ultimately they could strike. Different story for any PC trainers who don't have employment rights and if theyre told they are working at weekend they are working if they like it or not.
On the other hand no special should need to use annual leave or take unpaid leave from their jobs in order to train during the week for something which they give up their time for free to do.
The solution? Either the force needs to back track and pay the trainers the overtime to train specials at the weekend - unlikely in the current climate of trying to save £'s. The only other option I can see is that each special submits a claim for loss of earnings due to having to take time off.
Either that or everyone's authority to carry baton, cuffs, cs expires and noone can go operational.
This will be interesting.
During my 10 years of service in GMP I have never had a civilian trainer for OST (I am not saying GMP don't have civilian trainers - just its always been done by Regs). All my OST has been at weekends.
Police officer trainers are still police officers and paid the same as their colleague who work a 7 day shift rota, so why can't they have their shifts/rest day adjusted, just like their fellow officers.....?
Specials devote a lot of time to GMP to support their Regular colleagues. This is time that is volunteered for FREE to assist the Regulars, Specials are being relied on even more in the current financial climate. It is a shame that some of these Regulars take the view, that they won't devote a small amount of their time to the Specials who support them so much.
I agree that no Special should loose money to attend training to allow them to undertake the role of a Special.
They wouldn't would they. The regular training staff work Monday to Friday so they would be available to train the regs and do their refreshers. A reg doesn't specifically 'need'a weekend course like a lot of the specials do. A special OST trainer could be utilised purely for doning the weekend training for specials only. As good an idea as it sounds I can't see it being done, I imagine certain qualifications/accreditations are required before someone is able to teach and authorise officers in the use of OST. I also imagine it wouldnt go down too well that training staff are paid x thousand pounds yet a special or a number of specials are expected to do the same job for free.
My last OST was at a weekend at Hough End, and we were out numbered by Regulars on it.......has been
In the past it was 2 trainers who started the course, but by the afternoon one of them has often slopped off, bet they still claimed the full duties O/T....