Do special constables in London feel that they are adequately prepared to meet their first aid responsibilities? A qualitative study
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    Re: Do special constables in London feel that they are adequately prepared to meet their first aid responsibilities?
    • Ta-Keisha Forbes, 4th year Nursing Student The University of The Bahamas
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      • Dr. Terry J. Campbell, Associate Professor

    Dear Sir,
    Special Constables (SC) are not given a fair opportunity in order to have sufficient confidence with responsibility to first aid. First aid is defined as medical assistance provided to a person who has suffered a medical emergency (Webster, 2020). These SC are not medically trained to meet the needs of providing such a challenging task. Most first responders undergo rigorous hands on and theoretical training over a course of six to eighteen months. Your article states that this team of constables are volunteers who hold the prestige of local police officers. With respect to this, they are only trained for a mere 23 days before partaking a probationary period until they are deemed competent. In order to become confident in something, one must continuously be placed into the environment. Only then, will he gain the proficiency to answer even the most challenging emergency as a law enforcement officer. Another point to consider is the job prepares you for the performance but almost often the psychological health of each official and scenario will be diverse. As law enforcement officers, these men also have a duty to uphold in regards to protecting the individual. So in light of this, they may often consider which role plays greatest significance; first aid response or police officer? Based on these findings, I do not feel that they are adequately prepared to meet their first aid responsibilities.
    Sincerely, Ta-Keisha

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