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#1 Major


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Posted 28 June 2004 - 12:05 AM

Taken from K divisiions supplement paper. SINCE the 19th century, Special
Constables have been
voluntarily helping regular officers,
initially providing support in times of
If you join the Special Constables,
you become part of the team and gain
on-the-job experience. You will patrol
with a regular officer, have the same
powers and be called on to assist in
all aspects of police work.
The recruitment process is similar
to that of the regular Force and is
designed to be thorough but fair –
only the best applicants will be
In most areas, you’ll be trained at
your local police station, with regular
training sessions throughout the year.
People become Special Constables
for different reasons, and The Leader
spoke to three who currently
volunteer in Paisley, Johnstone and
the surrounding areas.
Stuart and Gaynor tell of
the benefits of joining up
CONSTABLE Stuart Horsburgh is the
Special Constables Co-ordinator for
Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division.
He says: “Being a Special Constable allows
you the opportunity to give something back to
your community.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean that, if you live
in a more rural area like Lochwinnoch, you
would end up working there all the time, as
you might get asked to do sporting events in
other places
“A lot of people become Special Constables
so that they can get a taster of what it’s like to
be a police constable, and many go on to join
the regular Force.
“That’s especially useful if you’re a bit
younger and don’t have so much life
experience behind you.
“But there are also many other people who
have no interest in being a police officer full
time – they do it because they enjoy it.
“We’ve got 28 Special Constables in ‘K’
Division, but there’s certainly room for more!”
GAYNOR THOMPSON, 24, is a Special
Constable in ‘K’ Division, having joined the
Force in June 2003. She works as an office coordinator
for the charity Childcare First.
“I’ve wanted to be a police officer since I was
eight years old, but at five foot tall, I thought I
was too short.
“I didn’t know there was any such thing as
Special Constables until last year, when I went
to a recruitment evening held at Paisley Police
Office and found out all about the Specials.
“I enjoy my daytime job and it keeps me very
busy, but it’s not really what I want to do.
Being a Special has given me an insight into
what the police do.
“I’ve attended football
matches and done quite a
b i t o f wo r k w i t h
Community Police Officers
in Johnstone.
“I still want a few more
different experiences – I
currently work every
second Friday and Saturday,
but I want to do the
nightshift, particularly on
a Friday night in Paisley,
just to see what it’s like.”
DONAGHY is 20 and
works at the T Mobile Call
He has been a Special
Constable for just over a
year and he lives in Port
Stephen said: “I joined
the Specials because I
want to join the police and
I’m currently going
through the applications
process for the regular
“I enjoy being a Special
Constable because you
come into work and you
don’t know what’s going
to happen – I get a real
buzz from it.
“I’ve dealt with football
matches, road traffic
a c c i d e n t s and even
attempted murders. I
work around 60 hours a
“Since joining the
Specials, a few of my
friends have wanted to
know more, and I think
they’re thinking about
joining because they know
what I’ve been doing.”
Special pair: Gaynor
Thomson, top in
civvies and above in
uniform, says: “I’ve
done quite a bit of
work with Community
Police Officers.” And
Special Constables
Co-ordinator Stuart
Horsburgh, right,
says being a Special
means “giving
something back to
your community”.
Face in the crowd:
John Cassells at
work during a
football match.
Ready to join Strathclyde’s
finest: a recent recruiting
event at Linwood.
JOHN Cassells is 39 and
works as a supervisor in the
Cleansing Department of East
Renfrewshire Council. He is a
Special Constable in the
Johnstone area.
“I was always interested in
joining the police but I
thought I was too short. When
the height restriction for
police officers was abolished,
it was abolished for Special
Constables as well, and I
joined the Specials just over
two years ago.
“I’m settled in my career
now, but if I was younger, I
definitely would have joined
the police as a result of my
experiences as a Special. It’s
been an eye-opener – you do
the same work as regular
police officers.
“The Specials in the Paisley
area are a really close-knit
team; we’ve got a good
rapport going.
“I also enjoy the diversity of
the job – you have to be
switched on all of the time and
you don’t know what you are
going to do from one minute to
the next.”
Recruit hopes after
big event at cinema
SHOWCASE Cinema at Phoenix Retail
Park, Linwood, recently became the site of a
unique Saturday afternoon Strathclyde
Police recruiting event.
Promotional posters and leaflets were
supplied to Paisley area high schools, and
the event was announced at their weekly
It was also publicised in local media and at
nearby shops.
On the day, nearly 100 students visited the
recruiting stand in the cinema foyer, and
some spent as much as 40 minutes talking
with the team.
Twenty-two young people expressed
interest in becoming Police Constables; 11
wanted to know how to become Special
Constables, and 26 asked about the Police
All were sent application packs after the
Others expressed interest over the day,
with many leaving with more information
about a career in Strathclyde Police.
Police personnel on hand from
Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division
included Constable Duncan Turnbull,
Special Constable John Cassells and Cadet
James Addie, as well as two members of the
Diversity Recruiting Team from the Force
Training and Recruitment Centre at Jackton.
Chief Superintendent
Murray said: “Being a
Special Constable is a
most worthwhile,
satisfying and rewarding
form of voluntary service.
“Duties will be very
interesting and, although
Special Constables are
expected to commit
themselves to a minimum
number of hours of duty
each year, on duty periods
can be tailored to
individual lifestyles and
fit in with regular
employment and other
A SPECIAL Constable
must be committed,
flexible and have
a realistic and positive
attitude towards life.
You must be interested
in police work and be
over 18, of British
nationality and fit.
Educated to a reasonable
standard, you should
have a mature outlook and
good interpersonal skills,
as well as the ability to
think clearly in difficult
It’s important that you
have no conflicts of
interest, eg: members of
the Fire Service are
regularly called to work
Employees of security
organisations – private
investigators, managers or
staff of licensed premises
and betting offices, or
serving members of HM
Forces are also
considered unsuitable.
If you would like to join,
write to The Chief
Constable, Strathclyde
Police Force Training and
Recruitment Centre, Eaglesham

#2 stevie1633


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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:17 PM

Stephen Donaghy???? hmmm i know that name!
Huh thats my name lol. I can't even remember doing anything for that! Im the only special in k div with that name though!lol

#3 Big Yin

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 08:16 AM

Nice one mate, I like it!

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