Police Volunteers Quit to Go Full Time; JOB SATISFACTION HAS A DOWN-SIDE FOR COVENTRY'S SPECIAL CONSTABULARY
Magill, Peter, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
COVENTRY'S voluntary police service is facing a recruitment headache - because its officers enjoy their work so much.
So many special constables have become hooked on the job they are leaving in droves to join their full-time colleagues.
Now the city's Special Constabulary unit, which supports the regular force's work, is down to just 45 members when it should be 70-strong.
Police say that one the main causes is the amount of special constables who opt to undergo training for a paid post.
District officer Clive Buckley admitted that while the trend could only benefit Coventry Police generally, it still left the Special Constabulary with a headache.
Hard-working volunteers, who are cool in a crisis and can defuse potential flashpoints, are now being sought to join the specials.
DO Buckley said: "Special constables play a vital role in the community. We perform patrol duties alongside regular officers, with practically every large event in the city being policed entirely by us."
Part-time bobbies could find themselves marshalling fans at Sky Blues' home games or providing a friendly face at a community fete.
Recruits need to be aged …
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Publication information: Article title: Police Volunteers Quit to Go Full Time; JOB SATISFACTION HAS A DOWN-SIDE FOR COVENTRY'S SPECIAL CONSTABULARY. Contributors: Magill, Peter - Author. Newspaper title: Coventry Evening Telegraph (England). Publication date: September 15, 2000. Page number: 11. © 2009 Coventry Newpapers. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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