As a force, we recognise that it is sometimes difficult for individuals to offer their service without the support of their employers. For this reason, we are keen to develop partnership initiatives between ourselves and the employers of our Special Constables.
We are keen to recruit more Special Constables and we are asking employers and businesses to consider sponsoring their employees, by undertaking to invest an agreed number of days per month of an employee's normal working hours to serve their local community as a Special Constable.
Through the Employer Support for Special Constables Scheme an agreed number of employees apply to become Special Constables subject to our normal recruitment procedures and standards. If the employee is selected for appointment your company would be asked to sponsor the employee by undertaking to invest an agreed number of days per month of the employee's normal working hours for duty as a Special Constable.
The employee's commitment would be to donate this time off to their community in service as a Special Constable and your company would be informed of the duty time and receive feedback on their achievements and development. The employee would also contribute additional hours of their free time to match and possibly exceed that donated by the employer.
We believe that all parties will benefit from this partnership initiative.
For more details about this scheme please contact the Special Constabulary Coordinator on the following email address specialconstabularycoordinatorHQ@avonandsomerset.police.uk