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NMITE supports Local Policing
NMITE New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering have recently registered as partners of the Gloucestershire Constabulary Employer Supported Policing Scheme. They support policing by allowing their staff who are Special Constables additional paid leave to complete to their volunteer duties. Special Constables are volunteer police officers with the same powers as our regular police officers.
Samantha Lewis HR Director (People and Culture) stated “NMITE is proud to support its employees in providing time off for public duties. NMITE recognises the benefit of giving time to fulfil a public duty, and offers 10 days paid leave for Special Constables to support their additional duty and any additional training requirements. NMITE recognises that by supporting employees with their additional commitments, it supports both employer and employee in gaining new skills and provides an opportunity for personal development. We are very proud that our employees demonstrate such commitment to their public duties.”
Nick Ellicott health and safety and facilities manager for NMITE has been a serving Special Constable for 22 years and currently serves as an Inspector with Specialist Operations. Nick stated The support I have had from both organisations has been overwhelming. Both are willing to invest in people, and the support of my managers has been first class. My driving force is that of public service and helping others. Voluntary work and public duty is very important to me. I couldn’t do that without the support of NMITE and Gloucestershire Constabulary. I firmly believe in the phrase “We are our best selves when we are helping others”.
Employer Supported Policing (ESP) Coordinator Linda O’Brien said: “Special Constables play a huge role in the fast-paced world of policing, and it’s a volunteering position like no other.
We want to work with local employers to create a powerful and unique partnership between businesses, the Constabulary and local communities.
We are proud to partner with NMITE, and we believe this relationship will not only support police and our communities, but it also will help bring different skills and knowledge to policing.
By businesses supporting employees with their additional volunteering commitments, it supports both the employer and employee in gaining news skills, connecting with their community, and also provides an opportunity for personal development.
The scheme is in its infancy in Gloucestershire, and we’re grateful for NMITE for being one of the first in the region to be involved, and we’re keen to link in with more businesses across the county and further afield.
Employees would continue in their usual role within their workplace, but will also have the added benefit of police training and experience, and ultimately volunteer to help keep the county safe and make a real difference to the lives of people in Gloucestershire.”
As a supporting employer businesses are asked to consider giving staff who volunteer as Special Constables paid time off to aid with their duties. In return employers will gain tangible benefits within a short time and support their local communities in terms of helping make neighbourhoods a safer place to work and live.
To find our more information about the scheme email: ESP@Gloucestershire.police.uk
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