Ten days ex­tra leave for coun­cil staff who vol­un­teer as special con­sta­bles

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

COUN­CIL staff are to be given ex­tra time off from work so they can vol­un­teer with po­lice to plug the gap in front line services.

Basil­don coun­cil is al­low­ing civil ser­vants who help Es­sex Po­lice by dou­bling up as special con­sta­bles to be re­leased for up to 10 days across the year from their jobs in or­der “to give back to their com­mu­ni­ties”.

The scheme in­volves lo­cal au­thor­ity work­ers swap­ping their daily role for life on the streets where daily chal­lenges will in­clude tackling drug deal­ers and shoplifters. Special Con­sta­ble Gor­don Humphries, who works as a plan­ning of­fi­cer at the coun­cil, is one of those who will go on duty dur­ing work hours once ev­ery five weeks. Back­ers of the ini­tia­tive be­lieve vol­un­teer­ing as “Spe­cials” will teach work­ers skills which will ben­e­fit their day jobs. Scott Lo­gan, Basil­don coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “As an em­ployer with a lot of staff who live lo­cally, we be­lieve this scheme is an ef­fec­tive and pow­er­ful way for us to in­vest in our staff and our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing our staff with flex­i­ble work­ing.” Su­per­in­ten­dent Si­mon Anslow, head of the Special Con­stab­u­lary, said: “Our Special Con­stab­u­lary is the fastest grow­ing in the coun­try and our vol­un­teer po­lice of­fi­cers are mak­ing a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to Es­sex com­mu­ni­ties. I hope that other em­ploy­ers see what Basil­don coun­cil are doing and take note.”

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