Special Constables come from all walks of life: mechanics, doctors, managers, marketing directors, insurance brokers, mortgage advisers, criminal investigators, students, television presenters, teachers, musicians, to name just a few.

These profiles of West Mercia Police Special Constables highlight their experiences, their roles away from the police, and how volunteering benefits them and our communities.

Andy, Special Constable

Andy is a senior leader in a secondary school in Worcestershire full-time, and dedicates his time to the Special Constabulary on Friday nights from Redditch Station, leaving the weekends to himself!

How has the Special Constabulary benefitted you, either in your work or personal life?

Working for the special constabulary has benefitted me not only in my personal life but also within my career; working in the police with people of all ages has aided me when dealing with conflict. Seeing the situations some children end up in has enabled me to support students, parents and the community better. Working with the Special Constabulary has enabled me to make new friends, and work with and meet people I otherwise would never have met. It has allowed me to grow as a person, while also knowing I am making the difference to someone’s life sometimes in their lowest hours.

What transferable skills has being a Special Constable given you?

Being a Special is more than just upholding the law, investigating and supporting communities. The more you put into being a Special, the more you will get out of it. Not only do you learn about a whole new way of thinking and working, but you develop your confidence and problem solving. You develop a calm head, and find you can make decision in difficult situations and find skills and mental strength you didn’t know you had. When I started as Special, I brought with me a number of skills from my day job, but since then my skills, knowledge and confidence have developed due to being a Special, which has had a huge impact on my day to day life.

What’s the best thing about being a Special Constable?

The best thing about being a Special is knowing that you really make a difference, not only to communities, but also to the force. Some nights you can be the difference between an incident being responded to or not. Whether you’ve been in for three months or three years, no shift is ever the same. You deal with people sometimes in their darkest moments and you can more often than not go off shift knowing that due to your effort and input you have made someone’s life, or a situation better. Being a Special is about giving your all and knowing that you will get the same level of satisfaction back for your efforts.

 

Bethany, Special Sergeant

Bethany was a student at the University of Worcester studying Business Management, and working part-time for West Mercia Police Firearms and Explosive's Licensing Department. However, she recently gained a position as a Student Paramedic for West Midlands Ambulance Service. Bethany attested with West Mercia Police Special Constabulary in 2015 and is a Special Sergeant stationed in Worcester.

Why did you join the Special Constabulary?

To gain important life skills, such as communication and assertiveness. I also wanted to find a voluntary role that I felt would make a difference to the community, and would also be great for career development.

With the aspiration of joining the police or the Ambulance Service full-time, I felt that being a Special Constable would give me the insight I needed to see what the job was really like, and whether I enjoyed it.

What are your current responsibilities as a Special Constable?

As a Special Sergeant, I am currently responsible for the management and development of Special Constables assigned to B Shift Worcester. I liaise with a Police Constable from the shift to ensure that the Special Constables have all received their training portfolios, have been assigned a PC tutor, and about their general wellbeing.

What benefits does being a serving Special Constable offer you?

Being a serving Special Constable gives me a great insight in to what 'frontline policing' is really like. I get to get involved in situations that the regular citizen may not, such as mental health jobs, suicides, domestic incidents, road collisions, burglaries and community work, such as visiting schools and attending events.

Not only do I get to learn skills such as management, first aid, communication and confidence, but I am now part of a huge 'blue line' family, with an amazing group of friends and support surrounding me. It has given me life experience that I believe no other voluntary role can offer, and has helped me to appreciate and be grateful for all the good things I have in my personal life.

Not only has it given me perspective, but the experience I have gathered has helped me gain a career within the Ambulance Service.

How does being a Special Constable benefit your role outside the Special Constabulary?

There are lots of little perks, such as Emergency Services discount!

But more importantly, the skills I have learned from being a Special Constable, and the knowledge I have gathered around safeguarding vulnerable people, as well as managing conflict have led me to several job opportunities that I believe I would not have been able to get without my experience as a Special Constable.

It has also helped me with my personal life, being able to help my friends and family, of who a couple struggle with depression and have been in domestic abuse situations. Due to my experience and knowledge of policing, I have been able to support them and help them to a high level - helping them out of their difficult times.

Would you recommend that people volunteer for the Special Constabulary?

Definitely, being a Special Constable is life changing - and in a good way! You become a part of this worldwide family, who all support and look after each other.

As well as the incredible friendships you'll make, the skills and experience you get will benefit any individual in any career. Every job role requires a strong team player, good communication and being able to make decisions. This role will help you with this, as well as gaining confidence in yourself.

Going on duty is good fun, no shift is the same. The jobs you attend, and the people you interact with, vary every single time - keeping you on your toes and interested.

What is the highlight of your career so far in the Special Constabulary?

The highlight of my career so far has been getting letters of gratitude from family members of those I've helped, saying thank you for my hard work and for caring after their loved ones. While this may seem a small part of policing, for me it is important to know that I have done a good job and have made a difference to someone's life.

Most bizarre experience while on duty? Gosh - where to start! I have had all sorts from marriage proposals while on foot patrol, to finding a male stuck on fencing by his jeans and having to help him down, and cuddling a puppy in my fluorescent jacket at a house fire to keep it safe until we could find a cage or basket to put it in!

It is safe to say that I have attended some wonderfully weird jobs in my time as a Special Constable, and have seen both the best and worst in humanity.

Haydn, Special Constable

Haydn is a Special Constable with West Mercia Police. He attested early in 2017 and is stationed at Worcester. In his work outside of this voluntary role he is employed by a housing association.

What is your occupation/role outside the Special Constabulary?

I work in Organisational Development for a local housing association.

What skills/experiences from this occupation/role do you use as a Special Constable?

A lot of my work involves being adaptable and ready for change, good traits to carry over to the Special Constabulary as every shift is completely different to the last. You have to be prepared for anything!

Has being a Special Constable been a benefit to your other occupation/role?

Being a Special Constable has certainly improved my confidence as well as communication skills.

What motivated you to become a Special Constable?

I came across the Special Constabulary at a local careers fair. I had never heard of them before but after a chat and a little bit of research I realised how integral they were to the wider police force and the communities they serve.

Growing up, like many children I had an admiration for the police and saw that by joining as a Special Constable I could get the best of both worlds by developing new skills and experience with the police while serving the local communities which benefits my day job.

What do you think of the Special Constabulary recruitment process?

The recruitment process is very professional and thorough. The staff are excellent and keep you updated along the way.

What do you think of the training you have received?

Excellent. You get taught about policing principles, personal safety and the law. The trainers are fantastic and tailor their learning style to your needs and support you throughout.  You also get access to a lot of learning materials you can study at your own pace.

What is the most bizarre experience you have had as a Special Constable?

I still find it bizarre seeing a reflection of myself and realising I'm in full uniform!

Harry, Special Constable

Harry’s day job is a communications officer in the control room with West Mercia Police.

How has the Special Constabulary benefitted you, either in your work or personal life?

The Special Constabulary has benefitted me massively, as I get to see things from both sides of the radio. I’m more aware of risks and dangers that officers may encounter when on duty.

What transferable skills has being a Special Constable given you?

The transferable skills I have gained are definitely be communication skills, especially talking to people face-to-face, which although is different to talking to them over the phone, I treat them the same no matter what.

What’s the best thing about being a Special Constable?

The best thing about being a Special is the sense of accomplishment when, for example, attending incidents with an arrest outcome, seizing vehicles that should not be on roads or helping someone suffering from mental health issues at a time of need.

 

Jessica, Special Constable

Jessica is completing a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology, studying full time at Coventry University, and has just submitted her final dissertation for this. She also works part-time in a local shop and has recently taken on more hours here. Jessica is also a professional equine coach, having qualified in the summer of 2016 and registered with the British Horse Society. She has a horse of her own, who she regularly competes with. Jessica is also a Special Constable stationed at Malvern Police Station and is attached to A Shift.

How long have you served with West Mercia Police Special Constabulary?

I started my training for the Special Constabulary in July 2016. I got attested at the end of September 2016 and completed my first shift at the start of October 2016. I was confirmed suitable for independent patrol at the start of June 2017 having submitted my completed portfolio in April 2017. In the time I have been a Special Constable, I have completed around 1,500 hours, averaging around 150 hours per month. The majority of this has been with Malvern A shift, however I have also worked alongside the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and as part of operations.

Why did you join the Special Constabulary?

I joined the Special Constabulary as I was due to complete a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology from September 2016 and have just completed this, and the Specials was a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience for this. However, during my time, I have enjoyed the work so much that I am looking into joining the police force full time when an opportunity arises.

What are your current responsibilities as a Special Constable?

I currently have a range of roles in the Special Constabulary. I assist in operations organised by SNT and assist at events. I have also been called in on short notice to assist with cordons and scene guards where incidents have occurred in Malvern where patrols require assistance.

Working alongside A shift has given me many opportunities to assist officers in a response role, including being first on scene at a range of incidents requiring me to take immediate action as an officer. I pride myself in all of my work and believe that this shows where officers ask me to complete statements and complete written work at incidents where it is appropriate and often compliment me on the quality of my work.

I have been very fortunate to work alongside the shift I am attached to, as they are aware of my aspirations to become an officer, meaning that when they are completing tasks that are not normally undertaken by Special Constables, such as completing files for crimes, submitting crimes, forensics submissions, requests for phone work, and interviews, they have been able to explain to me what they are doing and have given me a valuable insight into the role of an officer.

I am currently awaiting a driving course and a course to use the Pro-Laser for speed enforcement, which will allow me to further develop my role as an officer.

I also assist other Special Constables. I helped my brother, Michael, through his training and since he has been attested, he was also assigned the same shift as me allowing me to continue to support him. I have also helped other Special Constables complete their portfolios, and have assisted them when on shift where I can with things such as use of the radios, writing their statements where necessary (eg following arrests), I assist with explaining computer systems such as OIS, property management, stop search forms and use of force forms and explain what to do and what to expect at different incidents they may attend.

What benefits does being a serving Special Constable offer you and how does being a Special Constable benefit your role outside the Special Constabulary?

Being a Special constable has given me a valuable insight into what is involved in being a police officer, and has helped me confirm that this is what I want for a career. The team at Malvern have helped me no end with this and have gone out of their way to help me learn roles beyond what is expected of a Special Constable, and I am incredibly grateful to them for this.

Being a Special Constable has also assisted me to complete my Master's degree, as I have been able to incorporate the policies of a police force into my studies and allowed me to include information that I may not have otherwise been aware of. As my degree was based around the criminal justice system and applied police psychology, I believe this opportunity has given me an advantage in completing my degree by giving me a practical approach to what I was studying.

Having the skills of a Special Constable have also assisted me in my work. There are occasions where customers may be abrasive, and it has assisted me in dealing with these situations. I have also been off duty where I have been first on scene at Road Traffic Collisions. Having the skills to deal with the situation allows everyone at the scene to remain safe until on duty patrols can arrive.

Would you recommend that people volunteer for the Special Constabulary?

I would highly recommend being a Special Constable. I has given me a vast amount of life skills that I can take forward and use in a wide range of situations. It has given me opportunities to support the public in a way that only an officer can and I have been there to help people when they need it. It has supported my degree and my current work. I have also been fortunate to work alongside a fantastic team at Malvern.

What is the highlight of your career so far in the Special Constabulary?

It is difficult to pin point any particular incident to be a highlight or indeed the oddest incident. Each incident I attend is completely different to the previous, meaning it is impossible to compare them. It is a case of treating each incident on its own merits and acting appropriately.

I want to credit the team at Malvern, in particular A Shift, for the amount of support they have given me over the months. They have been fantastic to work alongside and feel that they deserve recognition for everything they've done for me".

Lee, Special Inspector

In his day job, Lee works as a High Level Complaints Adviser for an energy company, working on cases that can require extensive investigations and coming to an agreeable resolution where needed or to outline the company's final stance. Having joined West Mercia Police Special Constabulary in 2014, Lee is now a Special Inspector stationed at Worcester Police Station.

Why did you join the Special Constabulary?

I joined to help make a difference to the community I live in. I always wanted to be a police officer and at the time this was the best route in for me. I have found that this has given me a huge insight into policing.

What are your current responsibilities as a Special Constable? 

I am currently responsible for the running of Worcester Special Constables and their operations. I am ultimately responsible for approximately 46 Special Constables and Three Special Sergeants.

I am responsible for their welfare, development, working with local policing commanders and setting targets for us to achieve, the local management and deployment of Special Constables across Worcester, as well as many other things.

What benefits does being a serving Special Constable offer you?

Being a Special Constable offers you a wide range of knowledge and experience you cannot get anywhere else. Not only this but you also get to become part of a family that will look and always be there for you. You will learn to become more confident, fantastic communication skills and much, much more.

How does being a Special Constable benefit your role outside the Special Constabulary?

Being a Special Constable can have a strong impact on your outside life. Why? Because you will learn how to stay calm during stressful situations, and it will improve your team-working and leadership skills.

Would you recommend that people volunteer for the Special Constabulary?

I would 100% recommend joining the Special Constabulary. The experiences you will get are like no other. The people you will meet are like no other people. The skills you will get will benefit your working life and your personal life.  It's not just a job, it's a family!

Rachael, Special Constable

Rachael is a Special Constable with West Mercia Police. She attested in July 2016 and is based at Donnington Police Station. Her day job is a Rent Monitoring Officer for a local council.

What motivated you to become a Special Constable?

I decided to apply to become a Special Constable as I wanted to become a police officer when I was younger. However, I didn't meet the height restrictions so was unable. Now my children are a bit older I decided to apply and I like learning new skills.

How has the Special Constabulary benefitted you?

I have learned additional skills such as how to protect myself and others in potentially dangerous situations while remaining safe. The amount of knowledge I have learned has been phenomenal and I enjoy learning new things. For me personally this is about my personal achievement. I have also met a lot of new people and made some new friends.

What transferable skills have you developed as a result of becoming a Special Constable?

I have learned how to adopt an effective listening style and identify the right style of engagement so that I can communicate and negotiate with tenants about rent issues, while being able to think on my feet.

What was the reaction of your employer when you informed them of your Special Constabulary role?

My employer has been supportive although surprised.

How do your colleagues react when they know you are a Special Constable?

I have inspired some of my colleagues to become Special Constables too, and they have been surprised again and also think that it is brilliant that I have pushed myself put of my comfort zone.

Simon, Special Constable

Simon is a Special Constable with West Mercia Police, and his day job is a Territory Manager for Volvo Financial Services. He covers the north and south West of the UK, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey, providing asset funding for Volvo Construction Plant. He travels away given the size of his area.

How has the Special Constabulary benefitted you, either in your work or personal life?

At my interview for my Territory Manager role, I was asked what transferable job skills I would bring across from my voluntary role as Special Constable. I had planned an operation on my own, Operation Day Hawk, which involved utilising my colleagues and myself with a specific focus on arresting individuals who had failed to attend court and were wanted on warrant. I spent time putting together the operation and presented it to the Inspector to obtain his permission, which resulted in an arrest on day one, on day two after considerable effort a wanted individual was successfully identified and an ‘all-ports’ arrest notification issued.  

The individuals I worked with had less experience and this was an opportunity to develop their skill sets, providing them with a comfortable working environment where they were allowed to take a leading role, thus developing their confidence. Constructive feedback was given during the operation and I believe this gave them encouragement within the role.

My answer at interview gave Volvo enough insight to offer me the position and twelve days’ paid leave to continue giving to this voluntary role.

Being a Special has provided me with challenges which require “fast, working, strategies”, which in turn has helped me to develop skill sets which I can utilise in my work role by using the same thought process when a challenging situation develops.

I have more confidence in my normal day job, I feel comfortable presenting to large audiences and think carefully about my communication and the audience its intended for, ensuring that the content is tailored to deliver the message with clarity and accuracy.  

What transferable skills has being a Special Constable given you?

The ability to plan, look outside of the specific job in hand, examine variables that can take place and plan to accommodate these as and when needed. I have an increased confidence to take on increasingly difficult projects which benefits my company.

I feel that after eight years, mostly in an independent role attending police incidents on my own, I can work under pressure. ensuring that I utilise my police training (national decision making policy) whilst maintaining and adhering to the code of ethics and values and being fully accountable for my actions.

I began covering the town centre of Shrewsbury, simply carrying out high visibility foot patrols. This in itself proved to be the most rewarding aspect of the role, because it allowed me to work closely with members of the public who live in the town, in addition to working with local shop keepers who really appreciate seeing a ‘bobby on the beat’. In the summer, I give advice and directions to tourists who visit the town, and perhaps it’s their first encounter outside of London speaking with a Police Constable wearing a traditional custodian helmet - always a good opportunity to ensure that our image is maintained.

The traditional approach to policing by foot not only keeps me fit, but has allowed me to listen closely to the concerns of the people who live in the town centre and also to be pro-active in dealing with anti-social issues. Rather than being reactive, I’m allowed to be proactive addressing the local issues in the community.

I have dealt with sudden deaths, road traffic accidents, fights, thefts and traffic offences. I have become something of an expert in having now issued close to three hundred and fifty traffic tickets, attending court where necessary to give evidence.

What’s the best thing about being a Special Constable?

I love meeting new people, and I’m a great advocate for the Special Constabulary. I am pleased to say that I have assisted and helped many past colleagues who are now regular serving officers. I do more that the required hours because I’m passionate about giving something back to the place I love and live in.

I have the independence to carry to manage a work/life balance, providing hours to complete in my terms so the role fits around my family and day-to-day job. I have recently been successful in being chosen to work in Roads Policing, having undertaken Stinger training. I’m now awaiting a final training course before embarking on a new role and a new direction.

 

Tom, Special Constable

Tom, (Rowe) Special Constable

Tom works for British Airways as cabin crew and in his spare time is a Special Constable with West Mercia Police.

How has the Special Constabulary benefitted you, either in your work or personal life?

My role as a Special Constable within the Special Constabulary has benefitted me hugely as it continues to challenge me and take me out of my comfort zone. The knowledge and skills I have gained through my role have enabled me to safely assess for potential dangers, risks and threats, with the confidence to protect both myself and others.

While I personally enjoy developing myself and learning new things, I feel a great sense of pride in serving my community as a Special Constable. Through this role, I have had the opportunity to meet many new and interesting people and have made some great friends as a result.

What transferable skills has being a Special Constable given you?

Being a Special Constable has given me a whole host of transferable skills, including the confidence to deal with particularly challenging situations, how to manage conflict and how to communicate effectively. The ability to be assertive and to think quickly and logically under pressure, coupled with the ability to adapt to different situations and people are all critical skills I am continually building on in my role as a Special.

How has your employer supported you to be a Special Constable?

My employer has been fantastic in supporting me in my role as a Special Constable, allowing me to take paid time off to complete any necessary training and to fulfil my duties in serving my local community. This ongoing support has really motivated me and made me feel more valued in my role as cabin crew. The Special Constabulary is a great way for police forces to engage with businesses in the community, and in my case, my employer gets to benefit from all the additional skills and knowledge I have learned and can bring to my ‘day job’.

Tony, Special Sergeant

Tony has worked for the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency since 2004 as a Driving Examiner for cars and motorcycles. He regularly attends various test centres around the area and around the country, when needed. Tony is a Special Sergeant based at Shrewsbury, and joined West Mercia Police Special Constabulary in March 1975.

Why did you join the Special Constabulary? 

The reason I became a Special Constable is I wanted to become a regular police officer so I could join the Traffic Department to ride police motorcycles. I thought it would be better to join the Special Constables first to find out the workings of the police force and to get a better insight. I didn't want to go through the selection process of becoming a regular police officer to then find out that it wasn't for me. The Special Constabulary gave me the insight and I found that it was for me.

What are your current responsibilities as a Special Constable? 

My current responsibility, as a Special Sergeant, is to look after the Special Constables in my squad.

This includes (but not limited to):

  • seeing they are fulfilling the hours required
  • looking after their wellbeing, through support and guidance
  • helping them to achieve their full potential
  • ensuring they attend any training courses
  • making sure their skills are up to date

This is through mentoring them and checking the Personal Development Booklets to make sure they are filled out correctly. I also look after the issuing of the radio lockers to the new Special Constables at Shrewsbury.

My specialism is road safety, as I am the Special Point of Contact for the whole of the West Mercia Special Constables for any driving requests through the Personal Development Requests 3 system. This involves talking to Learning Support to book the courses for the officers concerned. I am also permitted to carry out the large and small van driving assessments for the Special Constabulary. 

How has the Special Constabulary benefitted you, either in your work or personal life?

The benefits of being a Special Constable are varied. I have benefited greatly from being a member of the Special Constabulary in both my day time job and personal life. It has made me more confident in dealing with different people and difficult situations. I am more understanding of people's needs and can offer them the correct assistance when needed. I am less judgmental towards people.

I learned to listen to members of the public, to be understanding with the problems they may have or have encountered.

It gave me life skills I may have not obtained had I not joined the police service. I meet like-minded people in the force. I also saw the other side of life and society. Being a Special has given me the chance to help people when it was needed, through support and understanding.

I also pass on the experience I have learnt from the regulars and other Special Constables to the new members of the Special Constabulary.

What transferable skills has being a Special Constable given you?

I have obtained many transferable skills as a Special Constable:

  • To listen
  • To communicate clearly
  • To be flexible
  • To be quick thinking
  • To be professional.

In general, I have used the skills to communicate better and listen more. I worked on the Safer Neighbourhood Team for 16 years, where I regularly held the pact surgeries and had to deal with many enquiries from many different people. I was able to reassure them. This has helped me be more sympathetic in my day job, when people are upset or disappointed at failing their driving test. I have been able to give out instructions more clearly and adapt my way of saying something if the person hasn't understood what is required of them.

Being a Special Constable has certainly helped me outside the force, as in my day time job I need to have good listening skills, be tactful and sympathetic to people's needs. It helps me to understand people in all walks of life - races, cultures and their difficulties, such as language barriers.

It has also improved my communications skills and report-writing.

Being a Special Constable and the training involved helped me immensely when I was down in London during the riots, conducting driving tests. I was able to recognise developing situations and know what the best course of action was. Due to the volatile situation of the riots, I was able to be flexible and quick thinking by changing test routes last minute.

What’s the best thing about being a Special Constable?

I have been a member of the Special Constabulary coming up to my 45th year; I can't pinpoint one exact thing.

I have had the privilege of working with the Traffic Department for 17 years (being one of the very few Specials that could actually work with the Traffic Team and Police Road Safety Officers). I learnt so much about traffic and road safety, a topic I was keen to know more about, and I was able to utilise my new knowledge outside of the police. It was also a privilege to be the first Special to deliver basic Driver Training assessment to other Specials in both West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces.

Having opportunities to learn new skills and try out various jobs I wouldn't have learnt or done anywhere else has been amazing. I use them on a daily basis.

Working with the Regulars and Specials makes it worthwhile. The friendships, respect and camaraderie makes being a Special much more special.

What is the highlight of your career so far in the Special Constabulary?

The highlight to date in my career was when I got nominated and won the High Sheriff's Trophy in 2008 for the work I carried out in the village I lived in, for tackling anti-social behaviour. I held a surgery where members of the public could talk to a police officer, and then I sorted the issues out, or made the Safer Neighbourhood Teams aware of the problems. I then went forward to represent the force at national level, which was held in London. 

There have been various odd and bizarre experiences throughout my time as a Special Constable.

The most humbling was when I was working with the Police Road Safety Team at the West Midlands Agricultural Show at Shrewsbury. We had the schools in on one of the two-day events. A lady approached me and asked if the young male she was accompanying could touch me as he was blind.

He started at the top of my head and slowly worked down to my waist, with the lady explaining the buttons on my tunic, stating that I was a police officer. I was moved by the experience. I led him around the display and he sat on the police motorcycle and sat in the car. Some children that visited the stand were very selfish, just wanting the freebies whereas the young man didn't ask for anything and was polite. It was the most moving experience I have encountered through the service in the police force.

We had a call from comms to go to an address in Oswestry. All we got from comms was that a male kept stating he couldn't get out of his front door due to a car being in the way. No amount of talking to him made the situation clear. On arriving we found the reason why: it was because a car had crashed through the fence, onto its side, coming to rest with all four wheels up against the wall, totally blocking the front door.

Another bizarre incident: I was on duty with a regular officer and it was a very quiet night. We went out to the rural area to check the quarries. On the way, we came around a corner on the main road to see a pair of headlights with a set of rear lights directly on top of these headlights. On closer inspection, it turned out it was two vehicles, one completely on top of the other, as if someone had put them there. No damage to either vehicle. The sergeant didn't believe us, so came out to see for himself and his face was a joy to watch. But I never did find out how this occurred with the two cars.  

On another occasion I assisted in blocking a road to stop a car which had refused to stop. I think it was the sergeant who told us to find the nearest thing to block road, as it was a one-way street. The only suitable thing that was available, coming up the road towards us, was the Grimsby fish lorry. So we commandeered it and blocked the road. The car was stopped and the driver apprehended.

Would you recommend that people volunteer for the Special Constabulary?

Yes, I would recommend people to come and join the Special Constabulary. The reason I say this is that it has made me a better person, who is supportive, understanding, thoughtful and confident.

Being a Special Sergeant, I can give support and guidance to those needing it. It has also shown me the other side of society and life in general and the problems these all bring. By being a Special Constable I can help make a difference.