University of Derby Jay Pearson
Jay Pearson, Student Liaison Officer
How long have you been a Special?
It will be four years in April.
What first attracted you to the role?
University of Derby Jay Pearson, To learn new skills and help out in the community. It was also a way of showing me if I wanted to be part of the regulars when recruitment opened.
What’s the best thing about being a Special Constable?
The ability to lead and make decisions which ultimately can have a big impact on a situation, but hopefully for the better when dealing with incidents.
Where do you work during the day? What hours do you work?
I work at the University of Derby, Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 4.30pm, as the Student Liaison Officer for the business, computing and law programmes.
Have you any responsibilities other than your job and Special role i.e children, elderly relatives?
I have a 5-month-old daughter who keeps me busy! I also study law part-time on a university course.
Are you aware of the roles that a Special Constable can perform?
Specials can take part in traffic attachments, PSU (if trained), football matches, early intervention teams, CREST days, helping new recruits in roleplays, working on Safer Neighbourhood Team duties, working with reactive teams; they can also look to be trained for interview qualifications, organising and patrolling the derby 10k – or any other large events. The opportunities are vast.
Can you give an example of a positive experience you have had whilst being a Special?
Being thanked by a member of the public for the work we do. They just approached us to state this, and I found this extremely encouraging and positive.
Say why you’d recommend becoming a Special?
Working with a team and having the ability to make a positive change in your local area whilst helping people who need you at critical times. Also you get the chance to learn extra skills which you can then put into other areas of your life. That too is a big factor. You can really see results and feel positive about your work.