Rolls-Royce has become the latest company to join the Employer Supported Policing scheme which asks businesses to support employees who want to volunteer with the force. The company has been a major employer in Derby for over a hundred years, having set up its original factory there in 1908. Now a global brand, Rolls-Royce has 22,300 employees across the UK.
Employer Supported Policing is a partnership between companies, their staff and the police which promotes the roles of special constables and police support volunteers. Companies and workers benefit from the scheme because employees gain new skills and training by becoming a volunteer and it gives them the chance to give something back to the community while the force benefits from closer ties with local businesses. Firms that sign up to the scheme allow their staff to be trained as volunteers and provide them with paid leave to undertake police duties.
Acting Special Sergeant Robert Jones works at Rolls-Royce. In the last year, he has given more than 880 hours of his time to help police the county, making ten arrests, attending 43 domestic violence incidents and supporting searches for missing people. He said: “I joined the Derbyshire Special Constabulary in February 2016, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was motivated by a desire to give back to my community and face new challenges. In being a Special, I get both.
“Rolls Royce has been outstandingly supportive of my volunteering, allowing extra leave each year for me to conduct duties. During that time, I have responded to immediate 999 calls, assisted the local Safer Neighbourhood team, and been involved with Project Zao visiting schools to giving talks on knife crime.”
One of SC Jones’ proudest moments came when he supported a vulnerable victim. He added: “One incident that stands out to me was responding to a domestic violence victim, who was being attacked by her boyfriend. The victim had clearly been abused for a length of time and was intimidated by her partner, but had courageously called the police anyway.
“I can’t describe the feeling a few weeks later when I received a message that the man had been sentenced at court. I knew that by volunteering my time I had helped protect a vulnerable person; helping her get out of a physically abusive relationship. If you want to have a positive impact on society, there is no better place to volunteer than the police.
“The skills that I’ve developed have been brought back to the workplace and I think I am a better person for becoming a special. I’m better at dealing with conflict and I have an enhanced understanding of the law. The experiences have helped me see other sides of life and put my own problems in perspective.
“I’m really happy working for Rolls Royce and I would recommend them as an employer. My paid role is rewarding and the company really values and supports the communities it is based in. I appreciate the time I’m given, and I know the company benefits from having more developed staff.”
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Harward, Chief Officer Lead for Volunteers (East Midlands) said:
“I’m very pleased that Rolls-Royce has joined our Employee Supported Policing scheme.
“I’m sure their staff will benefit from the training and skills we provide our volunteers, which in turn they can use in their employment with the company.”
Businesses interested in joining the ESP scheme in Derbyshire or the wider East Midlands can contact us at ESP@Derbyshire.pnn.police.uk