Process for those wishing to make the transition to volunteering must be simplified, says ACPO Lead.
Moves are underway to make it easier for retired officers to make the transition to special constable if they wish to do so, an ACPO Lead in the area has said.
ACC Michael Banks – who is responsible for the Special Constabulary National Strategy – said that there were several officers would like to return but were put off by having to go through the selection process all over again.
ACC Banks told PoliceOracle.com: “This is a sensitive area at the moment – some officers are being made to retire through the use of Regulation A19.
“However, where regular officers would like to become special constables, it is important that we make the process as clear as possible for them.
“When you have somebody who has worked in the Police Service for 30 years, for example, why would you then send them back to an assessment centre?”
ACC Banks was speaking after addressing delegates at the Special Constabulary 2012 conference in Manchester, where he outlined measures being developed by the NPIA and ACPO to help volunteer officers.
In particular, he said the process of specials wishing to transfer to other forces should be simplified, pointing out that students serving the police while at university should not have sit an assessment centre if they joined a new force on their return home.
He said that the issue of specials’ rank structures – and the roles and responsibilities within them – would also be revisited. Currently there is no national standard in this area.
Elsewhere, ACC Banks predicted that there could be difficulties in the medium term with processing the high numbers of volunteers coming forward.
He pointed out that special constabularies had been able to use the infrastructure of their regular counterparts for initial recruitment and assessment, as many forces had stopped taking on officers amid the budget reductions.
But with some forces now turning the recruitment tap back on, he said that these facilities would not be able to deliver the same level of resource in the future.
Retired Officers: Transfer To Specials ‘Should Be Easier’