Special achieves life-long dream of becoming an officer

Date published: 26 February 2019 16:18
Dated: 25 February 2019 13:31:02

Our Rotherham district are welcoming a new police officer after 16 years of dedication to the force.

Special Chief Inspector Carl Bree has taken the opportunity of becoming a police officer and is now completing his student officer training at our Robert Dyson House training centre in Wath.

Carl became interested in policing at the age of 15 and joined the South Yorkshire Police Cadets in 2002, where a few years later he became an Assistant Cadet, helping arrange activities and education for the younger cadets.


At the age of 20, in 2007, Carl joined the Specials Team and was based at Woodseats in Sheffield. A few years later, he transferred back to the Rotherham team, where he progressed to a special sergeant and then a special chief inspector. He continued his voluntary role until Sunday 27 January 2019, before starting his student officer training on Monday 29 January.

Carl dedicated his voluntary time to responding as a special alongside his day job as a CCTV monitoring officer in Sheffield, part of Sheffield County Council.

Special Constables are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment. They are required to have an understanding of the law and various policing procedures. They volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a week to policing the local community alongside their day job or commitments.

Carl said he gained valuable experience as a special that will provide him with the skills needed to succeed in his career as an officer. He added: “Being a special gave me an insight into the world of policing and also helped me decide whether it was the job for me.”

“From an outside perspective policing can be all about flying around the city on blue lights and arresting people. I gained knowledge about the parts you don’t see, and also gained skills that will help me and continue throughout my career.”

As a special, Carl gained an insight into different teams within the force; having the opportunity to work within the neighbourhood teams, the response team, with dog handlers and has gained valuable managerial support by leading teams on operations. These experiences have helped Carl decide what path he would like his officer career to take.

Carl will now complete 16 weeks training at our Robert Dyson House training school, before joining the teams at Main Street Police Station in Rotherham.

Chief Officer Stephen Merrett said: “Carl has been a valued member of South Yorkshire Police as a volunteer and he now transfers his learning and knowledge into becoming a regular Police Constable. He is an outstanding individual who has excelled and has made a tangible difference to the Special Constabulary in Rotherham, we all wish him well in his new vocation.”

Carl was shortlisted for ‘Special of the Year’ at the Rotherham District Awards and has been successful in being selected as the finalist. He will attend a ceremony on Monday 11 March at the New York Stadium in Rotherham to collect his award, the perfect end to his special career.

Are you interested in becoming a special? We are holding a specials recruitment event on 5 March at the Niagara Conferencing Centre 6pm-8pm. If you would like more information or to register your attendance please visit our website- https://www.southyorks.police.uk/sign-up/to-volunteer-with-syp/to-be-a-special-constable/applying-to-be-a-special-constable/.

Carl Bree at Robert Dyson House training school

Carl Bree at Robert Dyson House training school

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