Yes special constables are trained to conduct their duties in a professional manner.
I used to be a special constable back in the early '90's. I "retired" to raise the kids.
Chris Berlin is a special constable.
As Tacoboy mentioned there is a distinct lack of funds available to aid in hosting the training, equiping and operations of the Special Constables unit. A small group of concerned businesses has been funding limited activities. We have seen some big results from this program (mainly behind the scenes) and hope that with additional support the program can get back into full swing.
If more people put their money (or their time and efforts) where the mouths are, we would have more results and less problems.