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  1. Police Specials

    Paying Specials

    I am doing some research about the payment of Specials for a presentation I am giving in the near future. More info about that when the time is right But for now I need to get an understanding of what schemes are being proposed or trialled. I have ploughed through existing payment threads, from which I have found out the following: Police forces definitely running trial schemes Cumbria West Midlands Humberside Grampian Tayside Of these, most seem to be looking at a 180 hour-per-year commitment for which they pay an annual "bounty" of £1,000. Police forces which might be running schemes Surrey TVP South Wales Police And of these, the only info I have is that SWP might be running a scheme paying an annual bounty linked to length of service and capped at £2,500 per officer. Other information Looks like the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) are paying their reservists (NI equivalent of Special Constables) at the rate of about £9 per duty hour plus £41 per month. So... can you help me? I don't want this to be another discussion thread, I am just trying to gather correct information here. So if you have anything about the payment trials which you know to be correct then please answer in this thread so I can update my information. If you do want to discuss pros and cons of payment (who doesn't!) then this thread is an excellent place to go.
  2. I chose to post this topic in the Parade Room as I was anxious to get views and opinions from serving officers (regular and specials) who should have a legitimate and informed opinion rather than the public in general - at least for now. There is an idea growing within both the regular and special constabularies at present to re-design the special constabulary into a form of Police Reserve. I have personally heard the idea publically promoted by three ACPO officers over the past week at regional award ceremonies. A number of links to threads around this discussion are included at the end of this posting. Similarly, Chief officers and PCC's are going into writing in the local press floating this idea. I will summarise (as objectively as I can) the position and would be interested in views. A Police Reserve: Many Chief Officers (regular and special) have commented that the current arrangements for the special constabulary have served the police service well, but will fail to meet the demands of either service moving forwards. One suggestion is to formalise the Special Constabulary into a statutory reserve force. This could replace the special constabulary in its current form or be an alternative to it allowing both to run in parallel within forces. This would allow a transition phase and would not disenfranchise forces or individuals who did not wish to make the move. The most popular form under discussion is a model where the relationship is similar to that of the TA to the regular army. Such a change would require greater commitment and capability as compared to the existing special constabulary. It would also impact on transition to and from specials to regulars and vice versa. Unified rank structures and promotion processes would undoubtedly fall into scope along with greater demands on existing special constables and potentially their employers. However, it is a model which has worked in the Armed forces so shouldn't be dismissed as too complex or out of hand. This would clearly require both legislative change and amendments to police regulations. It may be seen as a threat by regular officers (particularly at the time of Windsor and increasing austerity) and specials (who may not wish to have the additional responsibility and accountability). However, it could also be welcomed by both providing a more professionalised reserve in support of regular officers as well as raising the standards of discipline and accountability within the voluntary service. From reading the articles and listening to comments from ACPO officers this appears to be a genuine attempt to professionalise the special constabulary without forcing a new model on any force which didn't want to adopt it. However, as a former officer myself, I recognise the political sensitivities on both sides of the debate and how it could impact on regulars and specials alike. I would be very interested in thoughts on these discussions.. Sources: http://npia.pressoff...-guest-blog/559 http://www.policeora...ded-_56022.html http://www.policeora...ded-_55983.html
  3. Whopper MacBig

    A Payment Scheme

    The following payment model is based on schemes already running in UK forces: Based on the above and on the understanding that particpation would still be a matter of personal choice, would you agree to such a scheme being made available to all Special Constables in your force area? Please note that this thread is Poll Only! You can discuss the proposal here Vote now .......