From the pitch to the beat – Rob Hawkins volunteers for special role

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Our very own RPA Player Representative for Newcastle Falcons, Rob Hawkins, has joined Northumbria Police’s Special Constabulary.

At a ceremony at Middle Engine Lane Police Station on Wednesday November 4th, Rob was sworn in as a Special Constable and will now volunteer and give up his own time to support Northumbria Police.

Rob decided to become a special after hearing a presentation from Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer – this then inspired him to think about a career in policing when he retires from rugby.

He will now give up his spare time and fit in shifts as a special around his rugby career in preparation.

Rob said: “I’m excited to be joining Northumbria Police and the policing family as a special constable. It’s a great opportunity to gain great life experience and find out what being a police officer is like.”

Rob who represents Newcastle on the RPA Players’ Board, was supported throughout the process by his RPA Personal Development Manager, Mandy Thompson.

Mandy delivers the RPA’s Personal Development Programme (PDP) at Newcastle, a programme designed to individually support and guide players with their personal and professional development, and said of Rob’s new role.

“Working with Rob on his off pitch personal development he identified his post rugby career interest in the police force. It’s brilliant to see such a positive outcome for Rob and as an ambassador of the RPA, we are extremely proud of the example he sets to fellow players, in balancing professional rugby and off pitch personal development and we look forward to hearing how this develops.”

Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer was initially approached by Mandy who wanted to highlight the options available to RPA members once they retire from the sport, in particular Rob’s interest in Police work.

Ch Supt McDyer said: “It’s fantastic news that a professional rugby player has joined our special constabulary and we’re really pleased to welcome Rob into the policing family.

“Some incredible people give up their own time to volunteer in a number of roles for us and we really are humbled by the time they give up to support us and their local community.

“We’re continually looking to recruit volunteers and hope to recruit more than 100 specials over the next year. Volunteers provide us with a vital link between the force and our communities, the individuals who join bring a host of skills from a range of backgrounds that both support and aide us.”

A Newcastle Falcons spokesperson said: “The club is very proud that Rob has decided to become a special constable with Northumbria Police.  He’s a valuable member of our squad who brings plenty of experience with him and we’re certain he will be a valuable member of the force.”

Northumbria Police has a number of volunteering roles across the force from the Special Constabulary to Community Speedwatch and the Police Cadet Scheme for young people.

For more information on how to volunteer for Northumbria Police and details of the opportunities available visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk or speak to your RPA Personal Development Manager (PDM).