Federation welcomes latest Special Constabulary survey

27 February 2017

Special Constabulary

A new survey into the representation of the Special Constabulary has been welcomed by the Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW).

Commissioned by the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for the Special Constabulary, ACC Richard Debicki, the survey aims to find out who the 16,000 Special Constables would like to represent them on a national level.

PFEW General Secretary Andy Fittes has welcomed this latest survey as the Federation seeks to fully represent all members of the Special Constabulary.

"The PFEW believes the Special Constabulary needs an appropriate representative body," he said.

"We believe we are best placed to undertake this role with existing structures in place that could be easily adapted to fulfil this function, including access to fully trained representatives.

"It would also offer the most cost effective way of representing officers, a significant consideration in the current financial climate."

In a 2013 survey run by the PFEW, 94 per cent of those members of the Special Constabulary who responded said they wanted to join the Federation.

However, in the autumn of 2016, the Home Office advised that should not be the case, and consultation - which the PFEW is involved in - is ongoing.

At the moment, representation differs across the 43 force areas, with some local federations representing Specials in all areas of work, some only in discipline and others not at all.

The PFEW has offered feedback to the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice at the University of Northampton, which is conducting the survey.

The survey can be found online, and will run until 20 March 2017.