The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has appealed for more Special Constables. He found the money to train another 10,000 of them.
"Most people I know had childhood aspirations of becoming such authority figures with shiny buttons. Yet as we grow up, and we discover that a profession is worth doing for more than the sartorial standards it keeps, we choose different paths. However, there are some who keep the dream alive – ultimately for reasons of high public spirit. If they don't go on to become fully fledged coppers, then they volunteer and become Special Constables – of which there are currently over two and a half thousand in London."
"They have the
same powers and responsibilities as police officers. They can still say
' 'ello 'ello, what's going on here then?' The only difference is that
they are unpaid volunteers, working
eight hours a fortnight. So I'm calling on Londoners to reconnect with
their childhood ambitions, to release that pent up desire to do good
and step forward."
on your Council Tax courtesy of the Conservative-run Council.
Unfortunately Boris can't offer that to Londoners under the existing
rules as the GLA is a pre-empting authority rather than a billing
authority. But I don't think that would stop the London Boroughs waving