Specials receive training from Intelligence Officers
Sixteen of our volunteer police officers received intelligence training from our Serious Crime Directorate to help them develop their knowledge.
On Monday, March 18, a number of our Intelligence Support Officers from our Serious Crime Directorate held a training event at our headquarters in Chelmsford, where 16 of our volunteer police officers attended.
As part of their initial training our Specials learned about the difference systems used to record intelligence and information about criminals and vulnerable victims. Training sessions like these help our volunteers build on their knowledge to use the systems to the best of their ability to help keep Essex residents safe.
Each volunteer police officer was given a one-to-one learning session from one of our Intelligence Support Officers who specialise in submitting Police Information Reports (PIR) for serious and organised crime. More than 50 PIRs are reported each day by our officers and volunteers. Each report can contain information about victims, suspects, locations or photographic evidence - each of these pieces of information contribute to solving crime.
SC Steve August, from Chelmsford Local Policing Team, said: “This was a very valuable evening and one that I think us Specials will greatly benefit from. I’d like to thank the officers involved who gave up their time.
“I love being a Special, as it really is a volunteer role like no other.”
Superintendent Simon Anslow, Head of the Special Constabulary, said: “This is just one of the many training courses available to our Specials.
“We continually help to develop our Specials with training courses, experiences and motivational support so they can volunteer at their best for their community. “
Our Special Constables are regularly offered opportunities to develop their experience and skills. They are able to learn from our experienced officers with attachments and training with our Scenes of Crime Unit, Dog Section, Casualty Reduction Section, Operational Support Group and many more teams within the force to help them progress with us to better protect the public.
Our volunteer police officers volunteer a minimum of four hours a week, are equipped with the same policing powers and uniform as regular officers but sacrifice their time for free
For more information about becoming a volunteer police officer and how to apply, visit: www.essex.police.uk/specials.
To find out more about what SC Steve August gets up to in his role as a volunteer police officer, follow him on twitter: www.twitter.com/SCSteveAugust