Countywide: Perry is special by day and a Special by night
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All our special constables volunteer their time to help people, keep you safe and catch criminals.
Some of them do it with the support of their employers, who allow them paid time off to carry out their role as a special constable with Essex Police.
Special Constable Perry Woolner, a commercial customer manager for Wave Utilities by day, is one of our longest serving special constables and a Roads Policing specialist.
On Wednesday, [2 June] as part of National Volunteers’ Week and National Specials Weekend, he took his HR director, Jane Austin, on shift with him so she could see the work he does with us in his volunteer role.
Perry says: “It was a great opportunity to show one of our directors some of the skills I have gained and which I also use to benefit Essex Police as a direct result of the Employer Supported Policing scheme.
“Wave Utilities has allowed me time to undertake some intensive training courses which, otherwise, I would not have been able to take part in.”
Jane says: “I had the best day and have told everyone who will listen all about it. I gained a great insight into the workings of Essex Police and the challenges officers face on a daily basis.
“I experienced a ‘blue light’ run where Perry responded to a call-out to remove large pieces of wood from a busy section of the A12 during the morning rush hour. Had they been left, it would have been an extreme hazard to other drivers and could have given rise to road traffic accidents that endangered life.
“Although we were travelling at speed, I felt completely safe, as Perry’s ability to handle the car under these circumstances was evident. The time off Wave had previously given Perry enabled him to take an intensive Response driving course and I saw the results of that in action.
“There are so many transferable skills that Perry brings to his role in Wave and seeing them being delivered in practice confirms the real benefit Wave gets from investing in our Special police officers. On a personal level, the ride-along was an amazing experience and one which I’ll never forget.”
Head of Essex Police Special Constabulary, Superintendent Shaun Kane, said: “Our Employer Supported Policing scheme consistently demonstrates mutual benefits for employers, the police and local communities.
“I would like to thank Jane and Wave for leading the way and reaping the benefits of the transferable skills Perry brings to their business with his police training.
“National Volunteers’ Week is a time for us to reflect on the valuable time all volunteers contribute to helping people, keeping people safe and catching criminals.
“In allowing staff time off for police duties, businesses registered with the Employer Supported Policing scheme play an important part in demonstrating a true representation of the communities we police and I would reiterate my thanks to Wave and to all businesses with the scheme.”