HC Deb 15 March 1982 vol 20 cc15-6W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up an interdepartmental study consisting of members connected with the various police forces and the defence services to examine the possibility of establishing a special police corps, consisting of retired Service men, to assist the police on a full- and part-time basis to combat the growth in crime.

Mr. Mayhew

No. Police forces already seek, with the full co-operation of the Ministry of Defence, to recruit suitable Service men at the end of their engagements. Retired Service men who wish to help the police part-time can join the special constabulary, although some categories of reservists are ineligible.