6 September 2021
The National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has stressed the need for genuine investment, rather than rushed new policies, as he responded to leaked government proposals of establishing a reservist police force.
According to the Telegraph, the Government is planning to persuade highly-trained professionals from the private sector – especially in fields such as cyber security and digital technology – to volunteer their time and skills during periods of increased demand.
Retired officers, or those who have left the service early, could also be retained for a period to bolster numbers, especially in experienced ranks.
Reacting to the notion, PFEW National Chair John Apter, commented: “Yet again we find out about a proposed piece of government policy through the media, and we have not seen any details on the reserve capability of volunteer officers.
“It is also import to highlight the fact we already have a group of dedicated, professional, fully-warranted volunteers called special constables, who give up thousands of unpaid hours a month while facing the same risks and dangers as regular officers.
“In addition to the fantastic contribution specials constables make, the service needs sustainable, long-term funding to make a tangible difference, not a government scrabbling about to see who will do policing for free.”