Employer Supported Policing (ESP) is an effective partnership between employers, their staff and the police service which helps to support specials in their duties to increase public safety and confidence by working proactively together.
The scheme allows your business or organisation to engage with us, at a level which is suited to you. Find out more about the options available.
Police staff members at Leicestershire Police, under the scheme, are entitled to seven hours 24 minutes a month paid leave to be a special.
How can ESP benefit employers?
ESP is a key marketable enhancement to your corporate social responsibility activities. In addition you can benefit from the following:
- staff development at little or no cost
- improved staff morale and motivation through your support
- greater staff retention and lower recruitment costs
- staff who are trained in leadership, decision making, effective communication, conflict resolution and problem solving
- openly showing your commitment to making a difference in the local community
How can ESP benefit the community?
- increased direct engagement with local police
- increased reassurance due to more visible policing on the streets
- increased public satisfaction in the police
- greater resources for tackling crime and disorder, resulting in lower levels of crime and a higher sense of security
How can ESP benefit the individual?
- personal development
- CV enhancing skills and training, valuable for career progression
giving something back to the community
- fulfilment and improved relationship with employer
- more flexibility for supporting time for voluntary work
How can ESP benefit the police?
- improved recruitment and retention
- wider pool of available resources
- potential rise in public reassurance and satisfaction
- more integration with community and local businesses
- encouragement of partnership
The ESP Model
There are four options which allow businesses and organisations, both large and small, to engage with the police to support special constables at a level which is appropriate for that business.
- active and ongoing support of the ESP concept by promoting the recruitment of specials
- release staff for agreed training and during times of significant emergency
- 50% time off allowed for Special Constabulary training
- minimum of four hours per month paid time off for Special Constabulary duties
- published organisational policy or guidelines supporting Special Constabulary duties and training
- full time off allowed/credited for Special Constabulary training
- minimum of eight hours per month paid time off for Special Constabulary duties
Each organisation can choose their level of involvement to suit their individual circumstances- from as little as putting up posters to promote the Special Constabulary within their organisation, to giving staff time off for training and Special Constabulary duties.
If your organisation would like to join the scheme, please contact [email protected]
For full conditions and further information, contact the HR Shared Service Centre on 0300 122 8900.