Wendy Pope's double life: Wendy in both her cook's and police
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.
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.
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
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
STEP, Norfolk Special Constabulary, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase,
Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0WW.
Tel: 01953 423683.
Wendy Pope's work as
a special constable - and her role in a gun incident
Steven Newson's work as
a special and how he coped with a road accident
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