The University of Dundee is seeking applications for a PhD studentship, in partnership with the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers (ASCCO) on the topic of: ‘Volunteers in Policing: The nature, experience and impacts of the Special Constabulary’. The supervisors will be Dr Megan O’Neill, and Prof Nick Fyfe.
This project will analyse, in a selection of community and policy contexts in England and Scotland, the motivations for volunteering as a Special Constable, the experiences of these volunteers and the implications of these experiences for individual volunteers, police organisations and the literature on motivations for volunteering in groups.
The research questions are:
What are the current demographics, distribution and experiences of Special Constables in the UK?
What are the impacts and implications of being a Special Constable for individual volunteers and for police organisations?
What does an understanding of Special Constables contribute to wider theoretical debates about volunteering?