Gwent branch chair Steve Thorpe says he’s counting down to when he he can welcome Special Constables into the Police Federation.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill includes provision to permit Specials to become members of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).
It is currently going through Parliament and is set to become law early next year.
Steve said: “Our selfless Specials work for free and face the same risks and dangers as their regular colleagues. Nobody has ever really fully represented Specials but it’s only right they have access to the same representation and protection as our regular officers.
“I’m counting down until when they can join the Federation. It will be an historic moment when we can welcome them and the culmination of years of campaigning by the Federation.”
His comments have been echoed by Dave Bamber, secretary of PFEW’s Special Constabulary Working Group, in a blog on the Federation’s website.
Dave said: “Specials won’t be treated any differently when they join PFEW. They will have parity with the existing membership, and exactly the same expert support, representation, and rights to vote and stand in elections. Nothing will be any different from any Special and an existing member.
“As volunteers though, we are keen to offer as much support as we can – especially for Specials who might not earn a lot in their day jobs or are struggling financially.”
Dave added: “There is so much work to be done on the behalf of Specials. Nobody has looked properly at their conditions of service, how they are treated in the workplace, their terms of reference, or their pensions, for many, many years.”