In the lead-up to National Specials Weekend (5-6 April), Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has highlighted the invaluable contribution of Special Constables to community safety.
Mr Dhindsa, who will be leading an Over To You public consultation event about local policing at Pride Park during the Derby 10K run on Sunday, said: “Last year the run was policed entirely by Specials – a considerable undertaking which serves to demonstrate their dedication and efficiency.
“This weekend – and Over to You – will be a great opportunity for us all to thank the Specials for their support of Derbyshire people. They give their time freely and bring with them a diversity of experience that is so very helpful to the police service in representing all our communities.”
Residents going along to see the 10k run are urged to take a little time out to share their views about policing at the Over to You display. One of a number of similar events held throughout the year, the consultation events give residents a chance to talk with members of Commissioner Alan Charles’s team and Chief Constable Mick Creedon’s officers about their experiences of crime and policing in their neighbourhoods.
Mr Dhindsa explained: “What residents tell us helps guide the Commissioner’s plans to make the county safer and help the force to allocate resources where they are needed most. The Specials help to achieve both these goals, and do so with great diligence. I am proud to live in a county where such a strong community spirit is alive and well.”
Specials undertake ongoing training and commit themselves to around four hours of their time every week on a voluntary basis. In a recent letter to Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, the Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims Damian Green praised the “clear commitment and dedication” of the Specials. He wrote: “The Special Constabulary forms an integral part of policing in the modern world. It is held in high regard by the public and within the policing family.”
The Over to You events replace the Have Your Say consultation as the county’s largest annual feedback scheme. Local people are invited at the events to take part in a survey about policing and issues that affect their lives. They are also offered crime prevention advice to help them protect themselves and their property from crime. Results from the surveys will be published in December.
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Posted on Thursday 3rd April 2014