Special job at Nightingale Hospital
Special Chief Inspector Lee Aldrich has been volunteering with us for 15 years. In his day job, Lee is a partner for a transport and installation firm who have been providing medical equipment for the NHS and medical facilities. Both roles are playing a key part during the pandemic.
Lee started out in Coventry and after six years there, he was one of the first specials to join Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG). The specials role with CMPG had started as a trial but Lee stayed for nine years and saw the CMPG team grow – they were even awarded the prestigious Lord Ferrer’s Award for Best National Special Constabulary Team.
The pandemic has changed both his day job and his role as a special. Lee said: “I’ve been fortunate to have risen through the ranks and I’m now Head of Force Response for specials. It’s an immense role to fulfil, but I’m thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve had to make some drastic changes to the way we deploy our Special officers. We now have more Specials supporting neighbourhood teams, adding value where it’s needed. It’s about supporting our regular colleagues in the long-term without burning our specials out.
“I usually average 80 hours a month, but due to the pandemic I’ve had to reduce my operational hours to focus on my day job. As well as continuing to support a number of hospitals we’ve worked at the Nightingale Hospital in London. In the past few weeks we’ve moved a trauma centre from one hospital to another, worked on a hospital refit in Belfast and also imported and distributed 30,000 PPE supplies across the UK. It’s been very intense.
“Thankfully, I’m quite fortunate to work with three other Special Chief Inspectors and we all step in to support each other.”