09/06/2018 Queen Birthday Honours
Specials recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List - Ben Clifford, British Transport Police, Mike Rogers, West Midlands Police & Russ Hall, Devon & Cornwall Police. Congratulations to
these and all Police Collegeagues who are recipients in this years awards.
Chiefs to decide on special constable taser use
Second decision will follow the green-light for
probationers earlier this year.
A decision on whether specials can be issued with taser is to be taken by chief constables.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council has confirmed the issue is to be considered at its July meeting.
Earlier this year it gave the green-light for probationers to use the less lethal weapons.
Preparations for this to happen in practice are ongoing.
The issue of special constables and probationers having access to taser came back onto the agenda after the London Bridge attacks and the injuries suffered by PC Wayne
Marques, a probationer who tried to fight three knife-wielding terrorists with a baton.
It was agreed to take the decisions in two phases, with specials’ access discussed after issues with allowing trainee officers to have it had been worked out.
A spokesman for the NPCC said: “Chief constables are set to discuss whether specials can be issued with taser at a meeting in July.”
Association of Special Constabulary Officers chairman Ian Miller told Police Oracle: “The view of ASCO is that taser is an integral part of personal protective
“Frontline officers whether regular or special should have access to taser if they meet the national standards and are prepared to undertake the training.”
Last year when she gave an overview of the debate around changing the rules, NPCC chairman Sara Thornton outlined reasons why some chiefs opposed extending its use.
She said: “The public are often very concerned about tasers and there have been cases where people have been harmed inappropriately and therefore we need to be very careful
that we can reassure the public that when tasers are used they are used by officers who are knowledgeable, mature in their assessment and therefore we need to take a careful approach.”
She would not be drawn on her own view.
Specials praise as volunteer cops lead roads operation
1st October 2017
West Midlands Police has praised the dedication of its Special Constabulary after volunteer officers led an operation that netted a dozen illegal cars and resulted in four arrests − including a
man on the run for three years. Twenty Specials joined forces with traffic cops on the overnight offensive − from 7pm on Friday till 3am on Saturday (22-23 Sept) − using number plate recognition
technology to identify suspect vehicles in Birmingham city centre.
A total of 13 vehicles were seized − including a Nissan Qashqai stolen during a burglary in August − while three people were arrested for drunk-driving and another who’d evaded capture since July
2014 having skipped court bail on a criminal damage charge.
West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott joined the operation.
She said: “Our Special Constabulary works side-by-side with regular officers, supporting the force as part of the mainstream policing mix − and exercises like this underline what a hugely valuable
role they play.
“This was a really successful operation: 12 vehicles were seized for being uninsured, a stolen car was recovered and potentially very dangerous drivers taken off the road. The large number of
officers in the city centre will undoubtedly have also deterred criminality and provided public reassurance.
“I want to thank all of the volunteers in our Special Constabulary for the commitment they make.
Men aged 21 and 39 − from Hastings and Northfield respectively − were charged with drink driving while a 59-year-old man was released without charge.
A 24-year-old man from Shirley was charged with failing to appear at court and appeared before magistrates on Saturday. West Midlands Police Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mike Rogers, added:
““The Special Constabulary attracts people from a wide cross section of the community with different attributes, views and experiences…people who can potentially influence policing and bring fresh
“We have a very talented mix of people in our Special Constabulary, including pilots, NHS staff, a firefighter, factory staff and lawyers. We’re always keen to hear from people who want to join
“It sounds clichéd but no two shifts are the same: you never know what you’ll encounter, there’s a chance to get involved in operations, it looks good on the CV, and helps expand and develop your
Anyone aged from 18- to 65-years-old can apply to join the Special Constabulary. They must be physically fit, have no criminal convictions, and must commit to a 17-week training period before
being sworn-in. People employed in some professions, including anyone with a liquor licence or pub/club door staff, are prohibited from becoming a Special.
Specials have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform; hours are flexible but they are required to volunteer a minimum of four hours each week, or more if they can spare the