A Preston Special Constable who has volunteered over 800 hours of his time while on furlough has been thanked for his contribution.Advertisement
SC Phil was released from his day job due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and since then has been been working full time with the neighbourhood policing team.
In a post on the Lancashire Special Constabulary Facebook page, SI Peter said: “A MASSIVE thank you to SC Phil based at Preston.
“SC Phil is one of six specials in Lancashire who have worked full time due to furlough arrangements. Other specials have put in a lot of extra hours on top of their job, family and study commitments to serve the public of Lancashire during these difficult times.
“We are proud of them all.”
SC Phil, who returned to his day job on Monday (3 August), gave an insight into his time volunteering.
He said: “There been many ‘moments’ during the last few months. The one that sticks in my mind the most was being the first on the scene of a man who had taken his own life.
“I also helped with persuading a female not to jump from a bridge. Being a Samaritan volunteer for 27 years I’ve spoken with many people contemplating suicide, but to face the true reality was a different experience.
“Returning missing children to their parents on several occasions has been rewarding. We have also engaged with lots of bored, frustrated teenagers who really missed being with their mates and not being at school.
“I’ve attended several blown down trees and RTCs, numerous concern for safety calls, one where I and another officer supported an old lady who had fallen out of bed but couldn’t move; we were with her for what seemed a long time until an ambulance arrived.”
“Of late we’ve spent a lot of time in different areas in Preston providing reassurance patrols. I’ve also been involved in many searches for missing persons. I’ve patrolled on foot, on a push bike and in police vehicles.”
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SC Phil said he’s realised what an important role Special Constables fulfil.
“I think what I’ve taken from working full time with a neighborhood team is the difference we can make as special constables. Being able to provide that much needed support to the regular officers, being able to carry out what could be seen as more ‘routine’ tasks but as equally important in terms of policing and to the public. This then allows officers to concentrate on other pressing issues.
“Another plus point is that we also provide ‘back up’ to emergency response officers while we are out on patrol, which has proved on many occasions to be beneficial all round.”
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SC Phil says now he’s returning to his day job, he will miss policing.
“The pandemic has given me quite a unique opportunity to get involved in full time policing. It has helped me gain so much more experience, which I can now take back to my day job.
“It would be wonderful if every Special could have had this opportunity. I’ve had a fulfilling time and I’ll miss being on the thin blue line full time.”
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