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Do you fit the bill as a special constable?

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23 August 2017

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Special constables are being sought in Enfield to help make a real difference to London by reducing crime and helping residents feel safe.

- Enfield Council joins call for more special constables
- Specials form an invaluable part of the borough’s policing teams
- Volunteering helps skills and employability

Special constables are being sought in Enfield to help make a real difference to London by reducing crime and helping residents feel safe.

Volunteer police officers play a pivotal role in the Met, working alongside regular police officers and gaining skills and experiences unachievable elsewhere.

Specials take on the same kind of responsibilities as police officers, including responding to 999 calls, taking part in foot and vehicle patrols, making house-to-house enquires and helping ensure public safety and security at both local and major events.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “Special constables form an incredibly important part of Enfield’s policing team. If you can spare some time to be trained in one of the most varied and fascinating volunteer roles around, please get in contact.

“We are all aware of the pressure on the Metropolitan Police Force, particularly in light of recent tragic events in London. That is why Enfield Council wrote to the government last month, urging for an increase in the number of police officers allocated to Enfield. Meanwhile, we are grateful, every day, for the hard work of all our police officers, the Council’s  estates team and special constables who are striving to keep our streets safe and welcoming as part of our drive to build strong communities throughout the borough.”

Cllr Fonyonga met one of Enfield’s special constables, 27-year old Riley Falco, who has been volunteering for the last three years. He works as a special constable alongside his full-time job as an ambulance technician for St. John Ambulance, specifically for its children’s intensive care vehicles.

Special Constable Riley, who loves nothing more than being out and about in the neighbourhood, said: “Lots of people join the police for different reasons. I joined to make other people feel safer. Walking the beat is one of my favourite things to do. If an elderly person feels safer and I can make them smile, then I have done my job for the day.”

Special constables need to give up at least 16 hours of their spare time each month, a minimum of around 200 hours a year. Specials wear the same uniform and carry the same powers and responsibilities as regular police officers. They undergo rigorous training to prepare them for all kinds of scenarios.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Special Constable in Enfield / London please go to the Met Police website where you’ll find out all about the application process. [[https://www.met.police.uk/careers-at-the-met/police-volunteer-roles/special-constable/special-constable-overview/]] There is also some information on Enfield Council’s website, here: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/community-safety/special-constable-volunteers/