Started as a magazine for the Special Constabularies of the North West Region, Special Impact has grown to be a national magazine, highlighting the important work carried out by Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers across the country.

Feel free to download the latest and previous editions of Special Impact from our archives below.


Celebrating Black History Month

October marked Black History Month – an international annual month, celebrating, recognising and valuing the inspirational individuals and events from within the BME communities. Nottinghamshire Police is proud to show its support throughout this important event and recognises value that officers from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities bring to the force.

Jersey Honorary Police

Unlike in the UK where the Special Constabulary is the part-time volunteer section of the statutory police service, in Jersey, the Honorary Police is a parochial elected volunteer service restricted to operating predominately within the con nes of their 12 individual Parishes and is only a liated to the States of Jersey Police for operational e ciencies and the enservicement of the law.

185 years of the Special Constabulary

Up until the 9th Century policing as a whole was very much locally based, but the concept of ‘constables’ was already in place, the most senior being the Constable of a Castle. Beneath him were high constables and petty constables, responsible for overseeing peace and order in local areas. This was still a fairly informal arrangement, however, and nothing like the properly ordered system of police we have now.

What is Cyber Crime?

We have all had to deal with assaults, public order and theft but have you heard of hacking, cyber stalking, denial of service attacks, blackmail or revenge pornography? As technology evolves, so does crime and the Police Service are having to move with the times in order to provide a suitable response to what is becoming an increasing area of law enforcement.

National Specials Weekend 2016

National Specials Weekend is held across the country to promote the work of Specials in local communities and this year ran from Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June and saw Forces deploying Specials to undertake policing activities across every area of England and Wales.

National Give & Gain Day 2016

This was the fourth year that GMP Specials have taken part in National Give and Gain Day. Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering. It sees thousands of people across the globe spend a working day volunteering for good causes in their local community. Since 2008, over 110,000 people in 38 countries around the world have taken part.

Foreword by Richard Jones, Chief Officer, Gwent Police

The aim of SC2016 was to Inspire Volunteering; on Friday night alone we were joined by o cers with over 7000 years of Special Service between them. If that was not inspiring enough we heard from Chief Constable Dave Jones the National NPCC Lead for Citizens in Policing, who updated us on the national survey of volunteers in policing and the latest national strategy work.

SC2016 Charity

The Central beacons Mountain Rescue Team receives £1,600 in memory of founder member and former Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Peter Howells.

Hampshire's Special Constabulary top job 'goes Dutch'

Tom Haye, an international business leader with 24 years of experience as a Special Constable has taken the lead of Hampshire’s Special Constables. Tom started his volunteering career in Hampshire Constabulary in 1991 at Alton Police Station joining a team of 12 Special Constables after moving from his native Holland to the UK in 1986. In his regular day-job job as Managing Director of Broadcast Networks he leads a team of specialist engineers and technicians building studios and mobile broadcast vehicles for international broadcasters like Sky, News International and Fox Sports.

SC2016 Update

Gwent Police, on behalf of the Welsh region, are pleased to be the host for the 2016 Specials Conference, which takes place 22 – 24 April in Chepstow. It is hoped that the conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise, allow opportunities to meet new colleagues and exchange good practice with other forces.

Celebrating 100 years of Women in Policing

The Home Secretary hosted a celebration event to mark the contribution of women in policing to coincide with the centenary of the first woman police officer. The event took place on 2nd December 2015 at the British Library in London with an audience to include officers from all ranks of the service and staff members. Special Constables attended the event and you can read more about six of these dedicated officers.

UK's first Special Constable dog handler

Special Inspector John Power is a double-lung transplant recipient and has overcome cystic fibrosis to become the UK’s first Special Constable dog handler with his own dog purchased by Bedfordshire Special Constabulary.

Cheshire Special receives Commendation from Merseyside Police

On Tuesday 28th July, Special Constable (SC) Paul Lawton received a Commendation at a Merseyside Police Awards evening. SC Lawton received his commendation for "professionalism, courage and initiative in the apprehension of a male committingan offence of theft in Liverpool, whilst off duty".

Cross Border Operation Targets Rural Crime in Dorset

A team of 40 Special Constables from Dorset Police, Wiltshire Police and Hampshire Constabulary patrolled 1400 square miles of rural areas, delivering a two day cross-border operation to help prevent and detect rural crime.

National Specials Weekend

National Specials Weekend, organised to promote the Special Constabulary in local communities, saw thousands of Specials take to the street to undertake policing activities relevant to local needs.

Hampshire Constabulary SC's in the Marine Unit

At the beginning of 2012, Hampshire Constabulary’s Special Branch Marine Unit, advertised three six month trial postings for Special Constables to supplement the nine regular Police Constables and one sergeant that make up the unit. All four special Constables are now fortunate enough to be permanently posted to the Marine unit, contributing far in excess of the minimum duty hours.

Top Special appointed in North Wales

A former Police Officer with over 30 years' experience has taken up the mantle of North Wales Police Special Superintendent. Mark Owen, who retired as a Chief Inspector from the Force three years ago, joins the North Wales Police Special Constabulary as the new Superintendent. His regular job is now as a civilian member of staff and is one of two of North Wales Police's Missing Persons Coordinators.

GMP Specials help out at drugs raid

Bolton Division has praised the help of 16 Special Constables who supported the regulars with carrying out a raid on a Bolton pub. Officers executed a warrant at The Victory pub in Chorley Old Road — one of several visits Police made to pubs and clubs on a recent Friday night.

Top Essex Special is awarded MBE

Thirty-four years of service as a Special Constable has been rewarded with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Derek Hopkins, Essex Special Constabulary Assistant Chief Officer has been honoured for his service to the local community both as a Special Constable and as a leader and instructor in scouting and helping with local fundraising and social groups.

Response Rider receives royal recognition

Services to law enforcement and the public through the Metropolitan Police service and St John Ambulance have led to a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award for Special Paul Harrison in the New Year’s Honours List. Paul, who is a qualified response motorcycle officer, has been a Special Constable for 26 years and was also recognised for his service with st John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales) District where he helped set up the paediatric retrieval service and motorcycle response unit.

Special Impact Goes International

Special Impact would like to thank Special Inspector Andy steel from GMP for providing us with a diary of his recent visit to Ontario, Canada, where he was able to meet with Police Auxiliaries. Read on to hear the differences between them and the UK Special Constabulary.

ASSCO Conference

The 26th & 27th of September 2014 saw the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officer (ASCCO) conference taking place at the College of Policing, Ryton. The conference theme was “Further professionalising the special Constabulary”, focusing on Retention, Deployment and Diversity in Leadership.

Lord Ferrers Awards

Outstanding special Constables and Police support Volunteers received awards at the House of Commons on 23rd June. Home Secretary Theresa May and Policing Minister Damian Green attended the awards ceremony to recognise the dedication and hard work of special Constables and Police support Volunteers.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Kent Special Constabulary is the first (and only) Special Constabulary to have been recognised for their excellence by HM The Queen through the award of the most prestigious recognition there is for a voluntary group.

Foreword by Michael Banks - DCC - Durham Constabulary

A review of the conference by Michael Banks, Deputy Chief Constable Durham Constabulary and National Lead for the SC National Strategy and Citizens in Policing portfolio.

OperaOpening speakers highlighted reasons to be proud of the SC

The welcome address on Friday evening was given by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and National ACPO lead for the Special Constabulary, who opened by saying how excited he was to be at another Specials conference. Sir Peter said "The last 10 years have seen a steady growth in the sheer professionalism of the Special Constabulary day in and day out."

National certificate for tenacious Special Constable

Carly Henfrey, a Nottinghamshire Special Constable, who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision while on duty, has received national recognition for her determination to return to work.

Operation Hawk gets it talong into arrest thirty

Specials only fugitive team from Kingston-upon-Thames make thirtieth arrest of one of the London Borough’s ‘most wanted’.

Merseyside Specials do something extra Special for charity

Acting Chief Officer Michael Morgan and Chief Inspector Julie Ferns-Morgan of Merseyside Police Special Constabulary completed the Global Adventure Great Wall of China Charity Trek, raising money for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Specials Senior Officer Conference

Senior Special Constabulary officers from across England and Wales converged on Bramshill for their Annual Conference in October 2013, which was supported by The College of Policing and sponsored by DutySheet.

Life saving Sussex Specials

Two Sussex Special Constables saved the life of a pensioner who collapsed in the back of a car. Special Constable’s Alex Brown and Robert Teear came to the aid of an unnamed 84-year- old whose heart had stopped in the back of his daughter’s car.

Neighbourhood Policing to be Met Specials primary focus in future

Changes to the policing approach in the Metropolitan Police Service will see Specials primarily assigned to new Neighbourhood Policing Teams with local policing priorities. In line with the Commissioner’s vision for Total Policing the MPS has established a new approach to local policing called the Local Policing Model (LPM).

Lord Ferrers Awards 2013

The Lord Ferrers Awards 2013 was held in Westminster on 24 June.These annual national awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise the wide range of skills that both Special Constables and Police SupportVolunteers bring to policing throughout England and Wales.

Do you lead a double life?

Some might say that senior corporate performance officer Chris Smith, does indeed lead a double life. By day he’s a council employee but at night and on the weekends, he dons dark clothing and walks the streets of Hereford on the lookout for wrong doers, ensuring that local residents remain safe and secure.

Met Specials Take-Over

The Met has pioneered what is believed to be a national first after more than a dozen specials attached to the Traffic Operational Command Unit ran a shift themselves.

Essex Specials Day of Action

Operational Support Group Special Constables assisted with a Day of Action by leading 'Operation Witchcraft'.

Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards 2012

The GMP Special Constabulary Gala Awards 2012 took place on Sunday 25 November, at Sedgley Park Training Centre. Chief Inspector Paul Cretney, Cumbria Constabulary, wins the Ferrers Trophy with the Eastern Region winning the Team Award for Mutual Aid.

Celebrating 35 years of service

Special impact interviews Special inspector Mabel bamber from Greater Manchester Special constabulary who celebrates 35 years of service this year.

Special Constables come together for a development day

Ellie Acton from Cheshire's Special Constabulary was among several officers and colleagues from many different forcees who delivered a presentation as part of the Special Constable development day.

London 2012

Specials Inspector Neil Gitton gives his account about his part in the Olympic Games/Cheshire blogging.

Operation Jersey

320 Specials from 8 different forces on Mutual Aid help police an EDL & UAF march in Bedfordshire.

Diary of a Surrey Patrol

We follow a Thursday night shift with Surrey Special Inspector Chris Chapman.

SC2012 Specials Conference

Find out about the keynote addresses and speeches at the 2012 Special Constabulary Conference, hosted by Greater Manchester Police.

Diary of an event volunteer

Jade Preece, GMP Police Support Volunteer shares her first volunteering experience as Events Organiser for SC2012.

Chief Officer Spotlight

Ellie Acton Chief Officer of Cheshire Special Constabulary gives Impact her account of what it was like when she joined the service.

Specials with Wings

Police will have a Special eye in the sky as new initiative takes off in Cumbria.

Guest Forces - Hertfordshire

Across Hertfordshire, 26 appointed Rural Special Constables are making a positive impact to help their local community in both reducing crime and bringing those offenders responsible for crime to justice.

Guest Forces - Thames Valley Police

During the 2012 Olympics, Thames Valley Police is one of the forces hosting a venue. Dorney Lake In Buckinghamshire will be hosting the rowing and canoeing events during both the Olympics and the Paralympics events.

Specials Respond to Disorder

Specials from the North West respond to the civil disturbance that spread from London in August 2011.

The Special Constable and Police Support Volunteers Awards 2011

Awards were presented by Home Office Minister Damian Green at a ceremony held on 16 June at Church House Conference Centre in Westminster.

Special Impact Launch

Welcome to the first ever edition of Special Impact. A foreword by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

Florida Highway Patrol

In November 2010, four Special Constables from GMP visited Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary, a volunteer arm of the Florida Highway Patrol, to experience differences in how officers of the FHPA are utilised and variations in methods of road policing.