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NCJ Number: 153706 Find in a Library
Title: Special Considerations: Issues for the Management and Organization of the Volunteer Police
Author(s): C Mirrlees-Black; C Byron
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 100
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London. SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-329-3
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London. SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report reviews the recruitment, training, and deployment of Special (volunteer) Constables serving in three districts in England. Data were obtained from surveys completed by 856 Special Constables.
Abstract: Special Constables wear the same uniform and have the same powers as regular officers. They attend for duty in their spare time and are expected to be available at times of pressure on police resources. Many Special Constables included in this sample joined as volunteers when their application to join the regular force was rejected; others joined in order to help the community. Two-thirds of respondents believed that selection criteria should be stricter. Special Constable recruits favored training courses run by regular officers at force training establishments; organized training tended to enable forces to maintain an high and consistent standard of operation. Most Special Constables were deployed in situations requiring nonconfrontation contact with the public or at events which might not be fully policed by regular officers. Paperwork was the least liked duty, while mobile patrol with regular officers was the most popular activity among these respondents. While Special Constables tended to have a high opinion of regular officers, many believed that regular officers held disparaging views toward the volunteer force. Nationally, turnover of Special Constables was approximately 20 percent annually. Chapter references and 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police department volunteers; Police manpower deployment
Note: Research and Planning Unit Paper 88.
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