Police Volunteers Quit to Go Full Time; JOB SATISFACTION HAS A DOWN-SIDE FOR COVENTRY'S SPECIAL CONSTABULARY

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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 between 19 and 50 and physically fit. …