AAs will need to be recruited, not only initially but as vacancies arise and demand shifts. They will require induction training and on-going professional development.
They will face complex cases which require advice, time-consuming ones that require co-ordinated hand-overs, and emotionally draining ones that require support and even counselling.
A scheme leader will be necessary to assist AAs and the police in dealing both with immediate issues and strategic development.
Depending on the model, they may also be available to attend custody where there are unexpected gaps in a rota or extremely complex or high-profile cases.
Scheme leaders can also provide a point of contact for service users, whether it be to clarify information, make a complaint or provide positive feedback.