There is an extensive recruitment drive at present to increase the number of Special Constables for Northamptonshire Police. It was recognised that there are a significant number of gaps in the understanding of the whole Specials experience and that consequently there was a need for research to explore this.
The existing research is exploring the Specials “experience” in Northamptonshire from individuals considering becoming a Special, through to the recruitment experience (including the relevance and impact of marketing campaigns), appointment, retention, utilisation of skills and even attrition and resignation from the role. It also considers the latest evidence in relation to the process as a whole and its component parts. The research findings can be used to inform future policy and practice in relation to the recruitment, utilisation and retention of Specials.
For a detailed summary of the IPSCJ’s findings, click the link below: