Dr Iain Britton is one of, maybe the foremost academic globally with insights on policing volunteers – also known as Specials or Auxiliaries. Following a distinguished UK-based career in policing governance, he was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship to facilitate further international research into his specialist area.
In this third part of a four part series of conversations for PolicingTV, he speaks with PolicingTV’s Founder, Bernard Rix about how he is helping to “realise the huge potential of volunteers in policing”, through the development of a significant evidence base in this area.
He tells us more about the Churchill Fellowship, and what that has enabled him to do very recently. “I’ve recently returned from an eight week study trip, to look at volunteer and auxiliary policing in Canada and New York, volunteer and reserve policing in six different states in the United States, and the model of volunteering in the national police service in the Netherlands.”
“A reasonable estimate is that there will be 100,000 or more auxiliary and reserve police across Canada and the United States. This is a substantial part of policing.”
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