Metropolitan Police – Special Constabulary
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Founded by Sir Robert Peel in 1829, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is one of the oldest police services in the world. The original Metropolitan Police District (MPD) covered a seven mile radius from Charing Cross containing a population of less than two million. This was policed by 1,000 officers.
Today, the MPS is made up of 50,000 officers and staff, which includes over 5,000 volunteer police officers from the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) and its Employer Supported Policing (ESP) programme.
The current MPD includes the whole of the Greater London Area, covering 620 square miles and over 8.3 million people. Since April 2000, the boundaries of the MPD have mirrored the 32 London boroughs as shown below.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers. Volunteering around 16 hours a month, you need to be able to cope with the unexpected and have the confidence to deal with people and challenging situations.
Although you won’t receive any financial rewards for the time you commit, you will be given the same powers and responsibilities as regular Police Officers and wear the same uniform. From patrolling your beat, to policing your city – you’ll have the skills of police training, for the rest of your life.
You will receive expenses and be provided with an Oyster Card which enables you to use London underground and bus services free of charge.
You will be based within a London Borough of your choice. There are opportunities right across London.
- Need to be aged 18 and over at the time of applying
- You can be of any nationality to apply, provided you have permanent right to remain without restriction in the UK if you are from a non-EEA country
- All applicants must have been resident in the UK for the 3 years prior to making the application
- You must be in the position to cope with the physical and mental demands of being a Special and carry out your duties effectively – certain medical conditions may prevent this
- Special Constables occupy a position of responsibility and trust, for which you need proven character and integrity – as such, while certain minor offences may be taken into account, any previous criminal convictions will be subject to greater scrutiny
- Free travel on TFL London Underground and Bus services
- Free comprehensive training
- MOPAC Council Tax rebate
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May