Introduction to the Special Constabulary

Special Superintendent Rachel Oaten

Rachel Oaten

Stevie Wonder in a speech once said: "In my career, I learned that giving your services for free gives you a good return on your investment, not just financially but morally. It supplements your personal integrity".

I think this is entirely true for the 15 years I have been involved with the Special Constabulary, and the skills I have gained from volunteering as a Special have certainly had a positive impact on my day job and personal career progression.

One of the greatest gifts we can give is the gift of time.

Just one hour given freely by a volunteer special constable can have a huge impact on an individual, organisation, and a community. It is priceless.

Volunteering is a way for you to learn more about yourself and for an organisation to learn more about the value volunteers can bring. Volunteering as special constable gives you an opportunity to broaden your skills and experience in an environment and role unlike any other.

As a volunteer you can bring so much to this organisation: your skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership and inspiration - to name but a few. Wiltshire Police Special Constabulary is strong because each person brings with them a unique mix of skills and talents which they then share and transfer to others over time.

I hope you will consider taking up this unique opportunity and volunteering with us.

The time given by volunteers is truly valued by Wiltshire Police.