Members of the Special Constabulary at South Yorkshire Police have joined forces with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to launch ‘Operation Responder’.
The initiative involves teaming two Special Constables with the YAS response car every Friday and Saturday night between 6pm and 2am to help respond to calls for service relating to alcohol-related incidents in Rotherham city centre.
Police are often called to help and support YAS staff as a result of these incidents, so joining the teams in this way helps them respond quickly and reduce the amount of times that police officers are called to help from other areas.
Having the Special Constables on scene to help with these incidents brings a range of benefits. Ambulance staff can focus their attention on helping anyone who is vulnerable without needing to spend time arranging for police assistance. It also reduces the likelihood of potential violent situations, allows the team to deal swiftly with the incidents they face, and means that any investigation of crime or disorder gets underway immediately.
The commitment and dedication of the Special Constabulary officers whilst assisting the YAS has been highly commended. As a result, the operation has been rolled out across all local policing units.