Jack Hannant is 20 years old, studying BA/HONS Criminology at the University of York and is currently attached to North Yorkshire Constabulary and of the rank of a Constable.
Why did you choose to become a Special Constable?
The police has been an integral part of my educational development, with the majority of my courses being orientated if not directly involved with policing. This caused a fascination with the prospect of being able to provide help for those who need it the most, not only for the immediate incident, but for the duration of their lives through the implementation of provisions. By seeing the positive impact the role of the Constable can facilitate for the community, caused me to want to be part of those who make a difference.
What’s been your favourite experience(s) of being a Special?
Being a special constable for me is enjoyable throughout. It allows for me to be making a positive difference within my community, bringing suspects to justice and helping the victims of such crime. The favourite part of this for me is the overwhelming sense of pride felt throughout undertaking my work. Striving to achieve a positive difference to the lives of members of the community, making it safer, and friendlier for all.
What do you think you have gained from being a Special?
As a special Constable I have further developed my interpersonal skills. It allows for me to communicate with people in a relatable, yet professional manner. Not only this, but a whole host of skills have been developed ranging from physical fitness to confidence when public speaking.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to join the Police and Specials?
The only advice I would give is to apply and don’t look back. The kind of help and support you can offer to members of the public is incomparable, it really is the best job in the world.
Has volunteering impacted upon your life as a student?
It has, but not negatively it has developed me in ways that no other role could. It is sometimes time consuming, however with the correct time management I have managed to maintain a part time job, work for North Yorkshire police all whilst being a Full time student and if I can do it, anyone can!
Would you recommend volunteering to other students?
Without a doubt, volunteering has provided myself with skills and experiences I would not have thought I would ever come across, benefiting me substantially.
What is your future goal when you finish studying?
When I finish my studies, I aim to have a career within the police as a regular officer. To have the opportunity to make a difference full time.
Do you hope to keep volunteering in the future?
I will volunteer until the time in which I become a full-time officer. I feel that by doing this it allows me for me to pursue my passion of policing whilst offering me flexibility whilst working.