1. Overview

Employer Supported Policing (ESP) is a powerful partnership between some of London’s major employers and the Met, providing police training for staff, contributing directly to the security of your staff and premises, building police relationships and directly helping to make London safer.

How does it work?

The scheme is simple but very powerful. As a supporting employer, you allow your staff to be trained as special constables - volunteer police officers. These special constables, once trained, will carry out patrols in key areas in London with full police powers and in many cases alongside experienced police officers.

Your staff are required to carry out 26 shifts per year with the Met and in most cases patrols are relevant or even local to the employing sector: that is, your organisation or sector or industry. 

In return, you receive a highly skilled, highly trained member of staff. They carry out their usual 'day job' at their workplace but now have the benefit of police training and experience, bringing with it a whole host of knowledge and skills including confidence, assertiveness, conflict resolution and better links with local police teams and senior officers.

The Met provide the selection process, administration, vetting, medicals etc, plus training, equipment, uniform, ongoing development and of course a wide range of skills and experience simply not found elsewhere. You can provide your staff with paid leave to attend the training course and one day per fortnight for their regular specials duties once fully trained. Your sponsorship of staff is flexible.

In return for the very tangible benefits which you will receive within a short time, we ask for you to 'sponsor' staff who volunteer for the scheme, by giving them paid leave for some or all of the time off over the training period and then paid leave towards their ongoing duties as a special constable.

The level of commitment your organisation makes is flexible, with our partner employers supporting varying levels of time, so please talk to us about how much you can support the programme

There are many other benefits, a number of which are listed here. We also ask that you give us feedback on the business impact of your staff taking part in ESP so that we can measure the success of the ESP project.