If you have members of your staff who are Special Constables, why not register with Essex Police as an Employer Supported Policing (ESP) business?
ESP is a Home Office scheme that encourages business to allow members of staff paid time off to carry out policing duties. Although similar to the Ministry of Defence Scheme that allows military reservists paid time off, ESP is a bespoke scheme. Essex Police will discuss your own business needs with you to agree your own unique plan.
Special Constables are fully warranted part time police officers who work alongside, and have the same policing powers as their regular colleagues. They have the same uniform and equipment and a lot of their training is the same as regular officers. Police training can bring some new and valuable skills back into your business.
It is important to note that there is no contractual obligation when registering onto the scheme.
Basildon Borough Council have recently registered on the scheme. They currently have one member of staff who is a serving Essex Police Special Constable. Gordon Humphries who works as a Planning Officer, was awarded a certificate by Chief Executive Scott Logan for his dedication and commitment to the community.
Basildon Borough Council Chief Executive presents Special Constable Gordon Humphries with his certificate.
Mr Logan said, “As an employer with a lot of staff who live locally, we believe this scheme is an effective and powerful way for us to invest in our staff and our local communities.
We are committed to supporting our staff with flexible working that gives them the time to learn new skills outside of their work role, which benefits both them and their community.
Essex Police and the work of the Special Constabulary provide vital services across the Basildon borough and this is a very worthwhile scheme which will hopefully encourage more individuals and their employers to follow suit.”
Les Hawkins is the ESP lead for Essex Police. Les said, “Aside from the benefits to the communities of Essex that Special Constables bring, there are many advantages for businesses. It’s a great opportunity to enhance your corporate reputation in your local area. Essex Police will always promote your business whenever possible using various media strategies. One of our Special Constables recently gave life saving first aid to a member of the public whilst on a foreign holiday. This was widely publicised in his local press on his return. This would have been a great opportunity to add into the story that he works for ‘your company’.”
You don’t have to be a large corporation to register. Many businesses see partnership working and two way skills flow as their reasons for registering.
Ewart Special Works is a family run company established for over two decades specialising in building refurbishment, decoration & restoration, dilapidation and maintenance within the M25.
Managing Director John Simons said, “We are a small company employing six staff, one of whom is an Essex Police Special Inspector. One of the reasons we registered with the scheme is that we believe we have a responsibility to give back to the local community in order to help others where we can. Additionally, our employee has gained some valuable skills that have seamlessly transferred to the work place, including management and leadership skills through training, interpersonal skills and much more.”
You can still get involved if you don’t currently have Special Constables working for you. Essex Police are in the middle of a recruiting campaign for Special Constables and would like to hear from you if you are able to facilitate a recruiting stand or display recruiting material in your premises.
If you would like more information on Employer Supported Policing or assisting us with recruiting, please contact Les Hawkins at Essex Police Headquarters. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 01245 454555 or 07973671677