Residents in Highland Perthshire can attend an online event and Q&A to find out more about being a Special Constable. The event will take place on Wednesday 23rd February at 6:30pm.
Chief inspector Rhona Fraser speaking in a video about Special Constables said, “there are a lot of benefits to being a special constable.”
Talking about someone who was working as a special Chief Inspector Fraser went on to say, “She’s 19 and she really wants to join the police and she’s got that enthusiasm and that drive, and she’s been helping us out for the best part of 10 months, and she’s put herself in a really good position to join the police.”
Chief Inspector Fraser goes on to say, “But you get the other side and they’re the special constables who do it over and above their normal day job. Often, they have that real sense of community.”
“There might be something that particularly interests them. There might be something they feel they need to give back to their community and they come out and do a really valuable job as well and they help us at times where resourcing levels are low, they might help us with events or they might help us to tackle specific issues like road traffic so everybody has their own reason behind being a special constable and ultimately, its always to the benefit of us and the community.”
The Special Constabulary is a part-time, volunteer body consisting of voluntary officers with identical powers to that of police officers. As a special constable, you’ll work alongside police officers in your spare time, to forge strong partnerships in the community, patrol the streets, prevent crime, and interact with all kinds of people to give back, keep your local community safe and make a real difference.
You can work full time and be a Special Constable, in just 96 hours per year or a few hours a week. The role is diverse, demanding, and rewarding. You could be doing anything from policing a football match to assisting at a road accident. Special constables provide an excellent bridge between the Police Service and the public, representing both the community within the police service and the police service within local communities.
Anyone wishing to attend the Online event should email Specialconstabletransformationproject@scotland.police.uk for details and to obtain a place at the event.
More information on Special Constables can be found https://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/special-constables/