Yesterday I sent off my application to be a Special Constable for Staffordshire Police. I’m really excited about it but have been worried about how much pressure there is with all the paperwork that’s required so I was pleased to hear about this pilot scheme that is under way in four forces, including Staffordshire.
It allows officers to ‘use their own judgement’ more so that they don’t need to make so many arrests. It should hopefully free up a lot of time for officers. Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who’s recommendations in a report published in February have triggered the introduction of this scheme, said that it could potentially save at least five million man hours. That’s the equivalent of 2,500 officers!