St Albans special constable shares his experiences

Special Agent Dilpesh Bhesania

Submitted by Hertfordshire Police

Dilpesh Bhesania, 35, is an IT management consultant for a multinational IT consultancy, but since May he has volunteered as a special constable, helping to make Hertfordshire a safe place for everyone.

Dilpesh is one of around 200 volunteer police officers who donate their time to keep Hertfordshire safe. Special agents come from all walks of life and devote their free time at least 16 hours per month. All receive extensive training.

In this open and honest explanation, Dilpesh shares his experience of volunteering with Hertfordshire Police and working full time.

“I wish I had joined sooner. I wanted to be a special for many years, but it never seemed like the right time.

“Before the pandemic my job involved a lot of travel and time away from home, which made volunteering difficult. When that changed, it felt like the perfect opportunity to finally pursue my dream.

“A close friend also works as a sergeant and hearing about his experiences really inspired me – I had to sign up.”

Reflecting on the training process, Dilpesh said, “The training was the perfect balance between theory and practice. The trainer of my cohort was also fantastic; he was always available to answer any questions or concerns, even outside of the training setting. He is a special sergeant himself, so he was able to help bring the theory to life by supplementing it with examples he had dealt with or encountered during his career.

“The first few days of training seemed surreal to me but I quickly had a comeback when I put on the uniform for the first time! I was incredibly proud to represent the police.

Dilpesh works on the St Albans Response Team which is responsible for
answer 999 emergency calls. He continued, “My first shift was intense – but in a good way.

“I was greeted with flying colors by the team at St Albans, Hertfordshire. You often hear stories of how specials are viewed as different from regular officers, but I can honestly say that is not the case in Hertfordshire. I immediately felt a part of the team and everyone. was quick to offer their support. As we made our way to my first call to the blue light, traveling at high speed, I knew I was definitely part of the cop family now. “

Although Dilpesh is based on the response team, he also had the opportunity to get involved in other areas of the police.

“The best thing about this role is that you never just do one thing. Although I have only been here four months, I have already participated in speed awareness and public order support operations during Euro 2020. “

One of the most important steps for special constables and regular police officers is when they make their first arrest. Remembering him, Dilpesh said, “This moment will always stay with me. The process I had prepared for throughout training was now staring me in the face. But from the handcuffing to the booking in the custody room, I had the full support of my guardian police officer whenever I had any doubts.

“For those considering joining the Hertfordshire Special Police, Dilpesh said: ‘Do it. It’s never too late. It took me years to apply and I really wish I had done it sooner. It’s so exciting to do something so different from daytime work and helping people in my community makes me extremely proud.

“You will be surprised how many skills you have already learned on the job and in life can be transferred to volunteering as a Special. Plus, you get all the training and support you need and you’re never alone. If you are looking for a new challenge, Becoming Special is for you.

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