Dyfed Powys Police Federation is preparing to welcome Special Constables into its ranks from 1 July, following a change to legislation.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, which takes effect this week, will see volunteer officers eligible to apply to become Federation members, meaning they will have access to same legal protection and workplace representation as regulars.
The change follows several years of lobbying of the Government by the Federation.
Dyfed Powys branch secretary Roger Webb said: “Specials have a long and rich history of serving society. They are appreciated by members of the public for assisting our regular police officers or at times leading in the protection of our communities.
“They face the same dangers and risks as regular officers, so it is only right that they should be able to enjoy the same protections and welfare support as full-time colleagues. I’m delighted that this is now possible, and I would encourage any Special Constables in Dyfed Powys to come and talk to the branch about the benefits of Federation membership.”
Special Constables are allowed to join the Police Federation from 1 July
The Special Constabulary was formed in 1831 and in 2020, volunteers contributed an incredible three million hours across the UK.
Dave Bamber from the Police Federation of England and Wales National Board said: “From a Special Constabulary point of view, the law change is a really big indication of acceptance within the police family and the Federation wishes to embrace them as well.”
Along with the work already carried out by the Specials Working Group, a Branch Pilot Group has been established to ensure all Federation branches are supported regarding the joining process and all other aspects of the change.
Having access to legal protection will also open the opportunity for Specials to take up Taser training, if approved by the local chief constable, if they wish to do so.