National Volunteer’s Week: Special Inspector Phil Brette
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As National Volunteer’s week gets underway, we spoke to one of our Specials about what made them want to join and why they love being part of the Special Constabulary in Cleveland Police.
Special Inspector Phil Brette has worked in the Special Constabulary for 13 years and initially wanted to join the police force full time. He said “I was at university when I joined the Specials, so it was to see how much I enjoyed policing before deciding to do it as a career.
“I’ve now been working in Education for the past 12 years while still volunteering in the police, so I have the best of both worlds.”
When asked what he liked most about working as a Special he said “The resilience and problem solving that you build over time which can be used in your own day job.
“There is also a lot of different opportunities that you can undertake to support policing.”
Special Inspector Brette stated that the biggest challenge within the role is that policing can be dangerous and it’s about looking after yourself and colleagues as well as safeguarding some of the most vulnerable members of society.
He described being a Special Inspector in three words as ‘riveting’ ‘enjoyable’ and ‘exhilarating’.