What is Employer Supported Policing?
Employer Supported Policing (ESP) has been highlighted by the Police and Crime and Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, in his Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan as a scheme to work closer with local businesses to bring vital skills to the policing and community safety arena.
A national and local initiative, ESP provides businesses with the opportunity to forge closer links with their local policing teams.
By supporting employees who volunteer as Special Constables, the employer and their staff benefit from police training and experience – equipping both with transferable skills that can be used in the workplace.
In his plan, Commissioner Lloyd has encouraged businesses across Hertfordshire to support Employer Supported Policing. He says: “Keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business and organisations can play their part by supporting employees to become Special Constables. I hope that we will also bring all serving Specials in Hertfordshire onto the scheme.”
ESP also allows police to learn about the issues which matter to local businesses and offers benefits in terms of staff development. Some supporters of the ESP scheme in Hertfordshire include, but are not limited to Tesco, Which?, Mc Mullen Brewery and Sons and District and Borough Councils.
Over recent years there has been much political discussion about the value of employee volunteering schemes such as ESP. Accenture stated in their 2016 report ‘A 2020 Vision for Employee-Supported Volunteering’, that Employer Supported Volunteering provides an opportunity for businesses to greatly increase their net social impact, drive employee engagement and help transform the way the world works and lives.
Furthermore, research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (2016) identified a clear link between volunteering, skills development and wider career benefits.
The Hertfordshire ESP programme provides employers with the flexibility to adapt the scheme to their individual needs, such as giving staff paid or unpaid leave for training and duties. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is focused on helping employers encourage, support and sustain their staff’s work as Special Constables alongside their day to day employment.
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