Integral part of the frontline policing: the training, deployment and support of special constables

Spruzenieks, Janis (2016) Integral part of the frontline policing: the training, deployment and support of special constables. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will critically examine the training, deployment and support of Special Constables. Special Constables are voluntary police officers and provide the vital link between the community and the police. Every officer brings individual skills to the police force; however, this dissertation will argue that the key to effective policing is determined by initial training, development and support, and as austerity cuts are implemented across the public sector infrastructures, the importance of training has never been greater.
    Importantly, this study has four areas of focus critical to the conclusions:

    1. An in depth assessment of the initial training of Special Constables and so called “Initial Learning of the Special Constabulary” (IL4SC) program.
    2. A survey of all Special Constabularies within England and Wales to identify the key skills required for Special Constables in each of the Constabularies.
    3. An in depth assessment of the support delivered to Special Constables by regular officers and Special supervisors.
    4. Supporting research into all Special Constabularies in England and Wales to understand what training and support is available to their Special Constables.

    The subsequent conclusions have been obtained from the information received from the primary research and critical evaluation of available academic literature. Although information obtained during the research was sufficient for this study; this dissertation recognises that further and more detailed research is required to obtain more conclusive results. It is also important to understand that the information obtained during this research may not represent the actual situation within police forces.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 16:06
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 16:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22761

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