been commended today in the prestigious Home Office Ferrers Trophy
awards. The annual award ceremony rewards and celebrates outstanding
Specials, with a new award this year for excellence in the
Special constables are a key element of the government's police
reform agenda and make a crucial contribution to high visibility
policing, crime reduction initiatives and intelligence-led policing
as well as the policing of major incidents and events.
Presenting the awards, minister for policing John Denham, unveiled a
series of measures to boost the retention and recruitment of Specials
and underline their vital role in a modern police service.
The new Special measures are:
-£300,000 for selected forces to act as 'Specials Champions'
- A new Mission Statement clearly setting out the valuable role
Specials play within the police service
- The first-ever national training programme for Specials, developed
by Centrex, the home of the National Centre for Policing
- Home Office/ACPO good practice guidance on the management and
deployment of Specials
- Encouragement for employers to recognise and support those
employees who volunteer their time as Specials
Speaking at the awards ceremony, John Denham said:
'Special constables have a vital role to play in the future of
policing and are a key element of our police reform agenda. By giving
up their spare time, they bring to police work their skill,
experience and often local knowledge for the benefits of the
communities they serve. They do make a real difference.
'Some forces are better than others at recruiting and retaining
Specials. I intend to identify a number of forces to act as 'Specials
Champions' and have set aside£300,000 to support them. Backed up
with the good practice guidance we will be issuing to all forces, we
are working hard to bring the standards of all forces up to those of
'Specials, along with police officers, are the only members of the
extended police family with full police powers and carry out an
immensely diverse range of duties. The new Mission Statement makes
clear that the modern Special does more than patrol 'fetes and
football'. And the new national training programme will equip
Specials with the skills and training they need to carry out the full
range of duties.
'Volunteering also brings rewards to the workplace, which is why we
are working with employers and asking them to consider giving their
employees paid leave to work as Specials. Business can't do this
alone, which is why the home secretary and the chancellor will
publish a joint discussion paper on fiscal and other changes we can
make to promote community service.'
The 2002 winner of the Ferrers Trophy is Michael Bradley, a Special
Constable with the Avon and Somerset police.
Congratulating Michael Bradley, John Dennham said:
'Michael Bradley is a shining example of a Special Constable.He
plays a vital role in the policing of his community and has
demonstrated enormous commitment and professionalism over a sustained
period of time. He's been involved in an incredibly diverse range of
work, from arresting a violent criminal armed with a knife, to
tackling anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking and smoking.
'Michael has outstanding organisational and communication skills; he
has demonstrated time and again that he can keep a cool head in high
pressure situations and juggle his voluntary role, a full time job
and also care for his young family as well! He is a highly motivated
and dedicated Special constable and an exceptionally worthy winner of
this year's trophy.'
The chancellor of the exchequer said in his April 2002 Budget
'. following this period when we have been so powerfully reminded
of the enduring contribution of public service by our older
generation, we are determined to give more opportunities for
community service especially among young people. Later this year
the Home Secretary and I will publish a joint discussion document
on fiscal and other changes we can make to promote volunteering and
The Home Office/ACPO working group set up in March 2002 will be
disseminating good practice guidance on the management and
deployment of Special Constables by the end of the year.
The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body drawn mainly from
the community served by each local force. Specials have full police
powers and carry out a range of police work under the supervision,
and supported by, regular officers. Specials give a few hours each
week, typically evenings and weekends.
The number of serving specials was 12,068 at 30 September 2001.
Specials have a key role in the reduction of crime and fear of
crime and make a vital contribution to addressing local policing