Hertfordshire Constabulary is running a Business Breakfast on 13th March to promote the benefits of its Special Constable Employer Support Schemes to local employers.

Rewarding and motivating staff isn’t just about bonuses and employee of the month schemes, says Hertfordshire Constabulary.  It’s about giving them the time and encouragement to develop themselves in an enjoyable and fulfilling way.


Partnering with the Special Constables can do just this.  As a Special Constable, an individual volunteers four hours a week for vital frontline police work.  Through their training they can expect to develop communication, negotiation, teamwork and people management skills, and as a result, their confidence will flourish. 


These are invaluable skills for any employer. Moreover, more challenged and fulfilled staff make better-motivated employees, and knowing they have support increases loyalty.    


At Hertfordshire Constabulary there are two schemes local employers can get involved in.  The first, Employer Support Scheme, will see organisations release staff for eight hours’ paid volunteering a month and the employee committing at least a further eight hours of their own time.  The second, ShopWatch, is specifically for retailers, with Special Constables policing shopping districts, targeting retail crime and anti-social behaviour.  Both schemes give employers the decision about when the paid time is taken.


Embracing either scheme will clearly demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and a more visible police presence will have a direct impact on crime rates and fear of crime across Hertfordshire.  In addition, showing support will build the company’s local profile and strengthen customer relationships.


If you’re interested in finding out more, and hearing directly from Special Constables and their Managers, then you can attend the Business Breakfast on 13th March 2006, from 8.30am to 10.30am at Tewin Bury Farm, Hertford Road, Nr Welwyn AL6 0JB.


To register attendance at the Business Breakfast, or just to find out how to support the schemes in general, contact Gail Boulter, HR Organisational Development Manager, on 01707 354219 or via gail.boulter@herts.pnn.police.uk.