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Special Chief Officer to retire from Force

July 11, 2018
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Nottinghamshire Police’s highest ranking volunteer police officer is set to hang up his boots after a career spanning 30 years.

Following in the footsteps of some of his former school friends, Chief Officer Mark Stasuik had all the intentions of making a career out of policing, so in 1988, he decided to take the leap and sign-up as a volunteer Special Constable to gain a better insight into the role of a police officer.

On Saturday 20 August 1988, CO Stasuik was sworn in at Epperstone Manor, the then Force’s Training School, as a Special Constable.

As a proud young officer, Mark went on to be based out of Central Police Station and went on to become a familiar face in the local community.

Reflecting back on his decision to join the force as a volunteer police officer, Mark has no regrets but admits that things didn’t quite go to plan along the way. He said: "It was always my plan to sign up as a Special Constable using it as a possible way into the force as a regular officer.

"Two years after joining as a Special, I applied but was unsuccessful during the police initial recruitment test, the forerunner to today’s testing and assessment processes.

"Whilst not deterred by this, I made the decision that I would continue to volunteer as a Special whilst focusing on my full-time role in the IT industry."

Balancing what was at the time a busy lifestyle with his volunteer duties, Mark went on to achieve his Long Service Award in 1997, after completing nine years’ service with the force.

Admittedly, Mark says he never thought he’d become Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary, but, following a series of successful promotions, in 2012, he picked up the baton to represent more than 350 serving Special Constables.

"I never had any real interest in going for promotions when I first signed up but here I am 30 years in, holding the rank of Chief Officer, something that I’m extremely privileged to have achieved." added the senior officer.

Being at the forefront of organisational change and operational leadership, Mark has been involved in numerous projects that have assisted in modernising the Special Constabulary.

From supporting the roll-out of the traditional Custodian Helmets to male Special Constables, to the more recent on-going roll out of personal issue Blackberry and Mobile devices, Mark has demonstrated his passion and commitment in bringing the Special Constabulary in-line with the full-time workforce.

Some of his proudest moments would include seeing Special Constables progress through the ranks and going on to become full-time officers in their home counties and beyond.

Mark continued: "I have had the privilege to work with some extraordinary people during my service.

"I have seen new Specials come into the organisation, with some of them moving on to become full-time officers right up to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.

"Specials bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the Force and hopefully through the now compressive training that we deliver, they also take transferable skills away from the organisation into their full-time roles."

It’s understood that Mark will enjoy some downtime following his departure from the force but will continue to actively work in his full-time role.

Assistant Chief Constable Stu Prior, said:
"Chief Officer Stasuik has volunteered an enormous amount of his free time to public service and Nottinghamshire Police over the past 30 years, which we're greatly appreciative of.

"Mark has also helped develop Special Constables across the Force to the extent that we now have a very active and professional Special Constabulary that provide support to local Response and Neighbourhood Teams, as well as our specialist Policing Departments every single week.

"He has also supported the Chief Officer Team and I would like to pass on my personal thanks for all of his hard work and commitment to Nottinghamshire Police and our communities during his 30 years service."

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