IPSCJ Director Laura Knight, and Dr Iain Britton helped facilitate strategic workshops at the recent national Specials Conference in Chepstow.
The Institute has now analysed the findings from the workshops, which are being circulated back to delegates today.
The workshops explored ways in which the management of police volunteers can be improved, and ways to broaden the roles and impact of Specials. The workshop analysis picks out some key challenges and also the need for some big thinking for the future.
Laura Knight, Institute Director, said: “This is a moment for the police service to start to think differently about the value of Specials and wider police volunteering, and how to make the changes necessary to fully realise their potential. The workshop discussions at conference had a huge energy, which I think is reflected in this analysis of the discussion.”
Dr Iain Britton, who prepared the workshop analysis report, said: “We do not have enough of these strategic discussions across force boundaries about the future of Specials and volunteers. Drawing together so much experience and wisdom, and from so many forces, across the conference workshops was really powerful, and I think has led to some interesting content in this workshop report about the challenges and opportunities in the future.”
The workshops were framed by the analysis of the National Survey of Specials and Police Support Volunteers, which was also analysed by the IPSCJ.
The full analysis is available via the Downloads section of the IPSCJ website.