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Police Set To Recruit Hundreds Of Volunteer Officers

Thursday March 21 2013

Shaun Wright Shaun Wright

THE Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire has defended his decision to recruit hundreds of volunteer officers.

Shaun Wright said his decision is not 'policing on the cheap'.

It's part of a five-year crime plan for the region outlining his three main priorities for 2013-17.

Its focus will be on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, whilst improving police visibility and protecting those who are vulnerable.

To increase visibility, the Commissioner plans to pour more money into front-line policing by recruiting an unprecedented number of Special Constables to boost numbers from 290 to 650 by April 2015.

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Reply Posted by Cs on Thursday March 21 2013 at 10:49
It really is policing on the cheap though, isn't it....by the very definition, volunteers work for free/very little...

Reply Posted by dothewiggle on Thursday March 21 2013 at 10:56
Good. It will give people confidence and an incentive to get out of bed plus helping the public feel safer.

Reply Posted by Carl p on Thursday March 21 2013 at 11:28
Good!!! No one had a problem when they "employed" 1000's of volunteers for the Olympics.... This opportunity will give people real skills to put on a CV... We can also take more ownership of these anti social behaviour problems in an organised, constructive way.....

Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday March 21 2013 at 11:50
It worked for Hitler and everyone was scared to misbehave

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday March 21 2013 at 12:36
Its probably all we can afford now the The Commisioner and his assistant are costing over £120,000 a year.???

Reply Posted by Real Life on Thursday March 21 2013 at 20:40
And so they should get paid that amount. The skill, expertise and experience they've gained justifies it - we need leaders who can cope with the pressure. Could you? I know I couldn't, so their salaries are well deserved. Frankly I think that's cheap.

Reply Posted by stevo on Friday March 22 2013 at 16:20
Real Life - What an absolute load of CRAP!

We ALREADY have a chief constable that earns nearly TWICE more than the P.M, Commissioners are not good value for money if the chief constable cannot cope with the pressure then he/she shouldn't be in the job!

Police commissioners are just another "jobs for the boys" excuse.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday March 25 2013 at 22:17
Yes I could cope with the pressure and the salary which they get on top of their councillors fee. Shaun Wright has his finger in more pies than Albert Hirst ever had. This is nothing but greed typical of most Labour councillors.

Reply Posted by Reaper on Thursday March 21 2013 at 15:36
So you will all be happy will you when volunteers who have no self defence training, no understanding of the law or legislation, who cannot use equipment such as radios or the police national computer, who have never dealt with rapes or violence or assaults, who cannot speak properly or write statements to a good enough legal standard, who are scared to go out after dark and stand up to people never mind deal with anti social behaviour, who have no legal powers to arrest or to drive vehicles with appropriate training and tons of other stuff turn up to deal with you when you are in need?
No I thought not. It is policing on the cheap. Any idiot can volunteer and cheat and steal and lie and be useless. If they were any good they would be proper 2 year minimum trained officers.
Do keep fooling yourselves. What do you want for society everyone working for nothing or for decent jobs with good wages?

Reply Posted by Get real on Thursday March 21 2013 at 20:42
That's such a childish answer. Volunteers are just as well trained and they're typically awaiting a professional place to open up on the force - they've passed their exams and they've done the lot.

You need to arm yourself with facts first sir / madam.

Reply Posted by Tim on Thursday March 21 2013 at 18:14
It is worrying that we are going to be relying on so many volunteers. By definition they will not be trained to the same high standards as regular police officers. it really isnt good enough. If we need more police officers then give us more police officers not stand in look alikes.
Im not ungrateful to the people putting themselves forward as volunteers its very commendable of you. However I do agree with Reaper that we need a society with people in decent jobs with decent wages.

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday March 21 2013 at 19:32
Its a laugh .Do they really think criminals or even teenage louts will take any notice of volunteer police .The louts laugh and the community support officers, and put two fingers up to them. What reaction do you think a volunteer bobby will get.Without the power of arrest the uniform will mean nothing.Some people really live with there head in the clouds ,when it comes to addressing the law and order on the streets.

Reply Posted by stevo on Friday March 22 2013 at 16:21
mick - spot on again!
People take not notice if the "plastic" PCSO'S as it is so what chance do the "volunteers" have?

Reply Posted by lyndon on Thursday March 21 2013 at 20:27
I'd volunteer but i like having friends

Reply Posted by nad bitch on Thursday March 21 2013 at 23:11
Well i think all naughty ppl will rubbing their hands together thinking this is a great opertunity to get away with more lol....

Reply Posted by Bog on Friday March 22 2013 at 05:22
My friends son has been volunteering for a few years now. He went to college to study public service, has been trained up by police and regularly goes out with regular police officers doing some quite nitty gritty stuff. Standing him in good stead for the career he wants?
No chance. He cant get a regular police officers proper paid job, sorry not recruiting, sorry no vacancies.
Rubbish, the lad is being used as a freebie. Very disheartening for him, and after a few years he's even thinking of jacking it in as now feels used. They really are taking the mick.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday March 22 2013 at 07:14
Suppose it's typical of a Labour commisioner, expecting ordinary people to work for nothing while they get payed a kings ransom for doing very little except line their own pockets.??

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Friday March 22 2013 at 07:25
I dont think party has anything to do with it, but it doesn't half look cheeky doesn't it, especially when between himself and his deputy, who is also a councillor are getting over 100k per year between them for the next 5 years, if they fail there will be no fallout

Reply Posted by mic on Friday March 22 2013 at 09:59
How can an assistant police commisioner do a councillor job as well .It sounds like jobs for the boys ,to me.

Reply Posted by MICK on Friday March 22 2013 at 10:03
To many chiefs and not enough indians in the police . Too many bobbies with stripes on there arms,sat drinking coffee and shuffling papers around

Reply Posted by Carlo on Friday March 22 2013 at 15:49
Special Constables do not carry out the same duties as fully trained officers but are accompanied my them in their duties... Volunteering in any role can be done to gain new skills or to " give something back to the community"....we cannot complain about " police doing nothing about this or that" when a lot of their time is taken up by dealing with Anti Social Behaviour issues that don't involve any crime.... There's still a culture of " If I give my time up to volunteer I might as well get paid for it"..... I'm sure if they had more money to spend they would recruit more officers!!!!!!