STAFFORDSHIRE’S voluntary police will be out in force this weekend to mark National Specials Weekend.
Around 250 Special Constables will be on duty across the county this weekend and they have been encouraged to highlight their work, which includes tackling anti-social behaviour hotspot areas, taking part in operations with the Road Policing Team giving advice to drivers and high visibility patrols in town centres.
Special Constables are volunteers who work alongside regular officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Their main aim is to provide a visible uniformed presence and a vital link between regular officers and communities, and they have the same powers as regular officers once they have completed their training.
Force lead on the Special Constabulary, Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, said: “Our Specials here in Staffordshire do a fantastic job, giving up their spare time to put something back into their communities, while gaining transferable skills and valuable experience.
“They make a significant contribution in supporting the force’s work and helping to provide reassurance through a more visible and locally identifiable policing presence.
“It can be a demanding role requiring physical and mental ability to cope working under pressure but very rewarding helping to keep our communities safe and reassured.”
There are currently 400 Special Constables in Staffordshire, who each voluntarily work a minimum of 16 hours a month. For more information visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/careers/specials/ or contact your local police station.