My examples are all drawn from the MPS so the experience across forces varies widely. Part of the reason is that people are far more motivated to join up than they are to leave.
I have no issues if the person keeps us up to date and communicates with us. We offer leave of absences etc but when they dont do PST for over a year and become non operational, whats the point?
Okay to answer your points:
Specials can work with response, NPT, Street Crime, Traffic as they please as long as they try and assist with any special duty requests. Our District Commander is fab, he attends our monthly meeting, provided us with a huge locker room, own office, buys the team a christmas hamper, bought personal issue airwaves, covert harnesses, just to name a few. I can honestly say that all regular supervision value Special's and on the One occasion we had an issue it was resolved quickly. The Special's management team and proactive, fully operational and are well liked by SC and regulars. I think apart from a door to door collection service we are as supportive as any other force.
Perhaps part of the answer is to communicate clearly "here is the structured exit process when you wish to leave the service" - we want to learn from your volunteer experiences so people know how to leave rather than you having to force them. There also needs to be a robust structure to dismissing people who have lost interest rather than just letting it drag on which is prevalent in many forces. It is possible to dismiss following the full police procedures in about three months and you can always retain the warrant card on less notice than that. The service is really good at encouraging recruitment and effective human resource management also needs to close that loop. Good people are always welcome back in any organisation...
If people are not deliberately not keeping up with PST you could probably jump all the way to formal dismissal proceedings on that basis without any more evidence gathering. Breech of lawful orders, health and safety act, employment law would tend to back that approach so following the Taylor Reforms you go straight to stage two. There is no point in having 'SPADS' if people don't act on them which is a management failure.
In case anyone is wondering I am a huge advocate of SC and the few 'card holders' who just hang around I find incredibly difficult to reconcile especially as they tend to absorb valuable time from other volunteers to have them leave. That behaviour just demotivates SC supervisors. Maybe these dead enders should be added as crime reports 'theft of warrant card" and arrested by newbies as part of their development ....
Edited by crunchybits, 19 June 2012 - 05:35 PM.