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District and Borough Councils back Employer Supported Policing
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd is pleased to announce half of Hertfordshire’s District and Borough Councils are now in support of Employer Supported Policing (ESP), following a campaign outreach to the county’s businesses and local authorities in the last six months.
 
Five out of the county’s ten district and borough councils now support an ESP scheme, which works with employers in supporting a Special Constable in their volunteer role at work. As a nod to the national picture, Commissioner Lloyd has revived the campaign here in Hertfordshire in recent months to educate and engage local businesses in the scheme’s benefits in a joint venture with the county’s police force.
 
Local authority support comes from District and Borough Councils in Welwyn Hatfield, Watford, Dacorum, Three Rivers and Broxbourne who all have an Employer Supported Policing policy in place for employees who wish to undertake duties as a Special Constable.


With Special Constables volunteering for at least 16 hours a month, ESP is structured in a way that allows employers to tailor the scheme to the needs of their own business, choosing to give staff paid leave for training, duties and/ or emergencies, as well as supporting and promoting the scheme both internally and to the wider community.
 
In addition to benefiting from extensive training that the Constabulary provides to its Special Constables and having a serving police officer amongst their team, employers can use the scheme to demonstrate their commitment to their local communities as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility or Volunteering scheme, whilst also adding to the confidence, skills and wider personal development of their staff.
 
Take up for the scheme in Hertfordshire was kick started with an information evening and awards presentation in March at Police Headquarters, in which business and organisations could speak directly to Specials currently working with an ESP-aware employer. The Commissioner and Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary awarded a host of certificates to existing employers supporting the scheme in three tiers of Bronze, Silver and Gold depending on the level of commitment within their particular organisation.
 
Key county-based businesses such as McMullen & Sons are currently backing the scheme in addition to national organisations in retail, banking and hospitality supporting Hertfordshire-based employees such as Barclays, BT Group and the John Lewis Partnership. Most recently, BAM Construct UK in Hemel Hempstead has demonstrated its support with paid leave and flexible working arrangements for a serving Special Constable attending a two-week police response driving course.  
 
Commissioner Lloyd said: “I am thrilled to see so many local authorities pledging to help Special Constables at work. As one the most visible faces of volunteering within the Constabulary and within the criminal justice system, it is crucial we do all we can to make it as easy as possible for employees to combine such valued volunteering in tandem with everyday life and Employer Supporting Policing does just that.
 
“Working with employers and supporting employees in their passion for local policing not only makes good business sense but also plays a vital part in personal development – benefitting the employer, employee, and of course the wider community at large.”

Nicky Sharp, HR Manager for Watford Borough Council & Three Rivers District Council said: “ESP is an effective partnership between employers, their staff, the police service and the community to support Special Constables in their duties to increase public safety and confidence. It recognises having employees volunteering as Special Constables can make the community a safer place and supports the aims of our Community Safety Partnership. Staff volunteering as Special Constables will develop skills and experience that are likely to be transferable to their role within the Council.”
 
A further ESP information evening is currently in its planning stages for later this year. To register your interest, email ESP@herts.pnn.police.uk or call 01707 806150.