1. ITV Report

Council employees offered time off to work as volunteer police officers

Employees at a council in Essex will get extra time off work if they agree to spend it as volunteer police officers "’to give back to their communities".

Civil servants at Basildon Council who sign up as special constables will get an added 10 days off per year, the local authority and Essex Police revealed. The force called the scheme "employer supported policing".

Gordon Humphries, who works for the council as a planning officer - is already signed up as a Special Constable.

The agreement between the two public services will enable him to take a day off every five weeks, to work for Essex Police instead.

Businesses and organisations who allow their staff time to be Specials should be commended and encouraged.

They are supporting the community as well as giving their employees valuable skills which can enhance both their businesses and their employees’ own abilities.

– Roger Hirst, Tory police commissioner