Everyone knows that a Special Constable is a volunteer police officer they do the same job as a regular officer, they have the same uniform, equipment and powers.
The biggest difference being that no matter how many hours they dedicate to the job they simply do not get paid.
They do the job in their own time, usually around Uni or a full-time job, they do it because they care. They want to help people and ARREST people.
But Police forces would not be able to function without special constables they are a vital tool in the box which many events would lack cover if it was not for specials.
The night time economy would lack policing and so would your local carnival.
We recently found out here at Police Hour that a Special Constable within the British Transport Police namely Greater Manchester was verbally abused by a member of the public because they wanted to buy a sandwich while on duty.
That resulted in @BTPGtrMCr tweeting a message to the unknown person that believes police officers should in fact not be allowed to eat during their shift.
They tweeted “We would like to apologise to the member of the public who was offended by our @BTPSpecials officer getting a sandwich earlier this evening when he should have been out on patrol.
“Having worked his day job then worked a late shift for free, he became a bit peckish”.
We would like to apologise to the member of public who was offended by our @BTPSpecials officer getting a sandwich earlier this evening when he should have been out on patrol. Having worked his day job then worked a late shift for free he became a bit peckish! #weallgottaeat pic.twitter.com/yiq9WPgBIC
— BTP Gtr Manchester (@BTPGtrMcr) March 21, 2019
Great response for BTP, who but regardless of whether this was a volunteer police officer or a fully paid officer who is this member of the public to tell when the police can eat or not on duty.
We are sure this one is how #Brews4Blues Started a couple of years ago, which saw police officers across the country take time out to have a Brew because the press and some members of the public believed it was shocking that they were sat in the sunshine enjoying a cup of tea.