Hundreds of new police recruits are being sought to swell ranks and help in a range of different roles.
Northamptonshire Police has been set a goal of recruiting 900 new special constables this year, with Oliver Negus in charge of the drive across the Daventry and South Northamptonshire areas.
His day job as a recruiter sees him at job centres, outside supermarkets or in town centres, but on a Friday night he is a special constable on the local response team, dealing with emergencies and other incidents for up to 11 hours. He said: “For me the buzz of being a special constable is that no two days are the same – you never know what’s going to happen. And you can sign up to join police operations too, like drug searches or carrying out warrants.
“People get special constables and police community support officers confused.
“Specials have all the powers of a paid police officer – we can arrest and detain people, we carry handcuffs and PAVA (pepper spray) and we’re trained in unarmed defence tactics. We just don’t get paid.”
To sign up people must be over the age of 18.
After tests including fitness and for drugs, training can be done over 13 weekends, or in an intensive two full weeks for those not. Specials commit to working 16 hours a month.
PC Negus said: “I’ve wanted to be a police officer for years. I attested as a special in January after graduating from university. These days the only real way to become a paid officer is to start out as a special. It also looks good on your CV.”
PC Negus will be at Daventry Jobcentre Plus on Monday March 14, from 9am to 1pm.
Then on May 3 and 4 he will be outside Tesco in New Street from 9am to 4pm.