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New representation and legal support for Special Constables and Police Volunteers

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A new association, which seeks to provide representation and legal support to Special Constables and volunteers in policing across the UK, has been launched by a team of Special Constables from across the UK.

The Volunteers in Law Enforcement Association (VLEA), currently in startup, aims to be an inclusive, representative and strategically aware organisation which provides support and legal assistance to all volunteers in law enforcement.

The number of volunteers in law enforcement has seen rapid growth in the last few years with innovative use of volunteers, such as the introduction of National Crime Agency Special Constables, the national Cyber Specials Cyber Volunteers (CSCV) programme and Durham Constabulary’s Police Community Support Volunteers programme, adding to the more traditional roles of Special Constables and community based groups such as Neighbourhood Watch.

Despite the increase in volunteer utilisation and engagement within Policing, there is no representative body that recognises or supports the diverse and specific needs of those who give their time freely to support law enforcement.

The increasing risk exposure and developing roles of volunteers also means increasingly volunteers may find themselves in a position where formal support is required. VLEA will seek to build collaborative relationships with existing staff associations and unions to provide the support that is currently lacking.

Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, head of Durham Special Constabulary, and one of the founding members of VLEA, said: “Volunteers already play a significant part in policing across the UK and recent innovation shows that part to be increasing, both in volume and complexity.

“The time is right for reform in representation and an inclusive organisation which fills the gap which current offerings do not provide in supporting those who give their time freely in our communities is much needed.”

“By working with existing staff associations and federations, VLEA seeks to become the “one-stop

shop” that supports volunteers, provides support and guidance to forces and law enforcement

agencies and supports key stakeholders in developing and implementing policy.”

Whilst only recently being established, VLEA has already attracted support and membership from forces across the UK and has access to a broad range of skills and experience within its existing leadership team and extended network.

With inclusivity a central tenant of the association’s core values it has already begun to forge links within minority groups within policing to ensure its development captures the needs of underrepresented volunteers in policing.

Whilst it will take some months to complete the development work needed to fully open membership, the association recently briefed Home Office officials on its plans and will continue to build presence by seeking early meetings with the Police Federation, Superintendents Association, Unison, the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs Council.

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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