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Special mission: Have you got what it takes?
Composite picture: Wendy in both her uniforms.
Wendy Pope's double life: Wendy in both her cook's and police uniforms

A project, which is the first of its kind in the country, has been launched in Norfolk to encourage employers to sponsor new special constables.

The scheme has been set up by Norfolk police to make it easier for people with family commitments and busy jobs to join the special constabulary.

How it works

The Specials Through Employers Partnership (STEP) wants employers to sponsor potential special constables by letting an employee have one paid day off a month.

In return, the volunteer matches their employer's sponsored time hour for hour and commits 16 hours or more a month to being a special.

Project benefits

The scheme organisers say it has a number of benefits for the employer which could save them time and money. Norfolk police trains its specials in decision-making, problem-solving, communication and team-building skills.

It also gives employers the chance to do something which will benefit their local community.

People who have volunteered as a special have said it improves their confidence and self-esteem, and they have felt that they have achieved something especially after incidents when their work has had an impact on people.

Find out more

STEP, Norfolk Special Constabulary, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0WW.
Tel: 01953 423683.

Read about Wendy Pope's work as a special constable - and her role in a gun incident

Read about Steven Newson's work as a special and how he coped with a road accident

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