Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner met serving Special Constables during a series of information events aimed at enhancing the service they provide to local policing.
Hardyal Dhindsa attended three Specials seminars held in Derby, Chesterfield and Buxton this month where current members of the Special Constabulary received presentations on best practice and law and discussed current challenges, training, duties and responsibilities.
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has made clear the value he places in Derbyshire’s army of Special Constables and the important contribution they make to keeping the county’s streets and residents safe. Specials form a huge part of Derbyshire Constabulary’s crime reduction plans and are well integrated into local communities. The Commissioner hopes they will play an increasingly prominent role protecting local residents and strengthening the link between local neighbourhoods and the police in the years ahead.
During the seminars, Deputy Commissioner Dhindsa met with Derbyshire’s longest-serving Special Constables (one with more than 31 years’ service) and the newest recruits who joined the Force only weeks ago.
He said: “Special Constables are a hugely important resource to the Force, particularly in light of the current financial pressures all forces face and the impact this may have had on frontline resilience. Specials are very good at bridging the gap between police and local communities and their local knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by residents is highly beneficial for policing and intelligence purposes.
“Volunteering allows people to be at the forefront of efforts to improve their local area and make their communities crime-free. We should all be immensely grateful for the residents who freely give up their time to protect us and our property. Their determination and selflessness is playing an ever-increasing role in our ambitious plans to reduce the number of victims of crime in Derbyshire and improve quality of life.”
The Special Constabulary recruits people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are a few basic criteria that people need to meet if they want to join. They must be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old to apply.
Special Constables are asked to commit a minimum of four hours per week on a regular basis, and initial training is covered in 22 days. This can be undertaken over weekends or mid-week. Following initial training and induction, further training will take place to expand law knowledge.
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Posted on Wednesday 6th November 2013