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Hertfordshire’s volunteer police officers take to the streets to mark National Specials Weekend

05/06/2017

 

Nearly 150 of Hertfordshire’s Special Constables were out in force over the weekend to mark National Special’s Weekend (Friday, June 2 to June 4).


The National Special’s Weekend is an annual event designed to highlight the vital role performed by the Special Constabulary and the ongoing contribution its members make to policing in their communities.


The Constabulary’s Specials - who over the weekend served 658 hours of duty – were involved in everything from ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) operations, policing the Race for Life event at Stanborough Lakes and retail crime patrols, to tackling underage drinking, deterring speeding drivers and carrying burglary and antisocial behaviour patrols (ASB).


Following the tragic terror attacks in London over the weekend, many of the force’s Special Constables were also directed to support Intervention and Safer Neighbourhood Teams to increase the visible police presence and provide reassurance to local communities.


Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mark Kendrew, said: “As the newly appointed Head of Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary, I was delighted to be out and about this weekend alongside my fellow Special Constables to mark this important event in our calendar.


“I am particularly proud that our volunteer police officers were also on hand to ably assist their regular officer colleagues providing reassurance to local communities in light of the terrorist attacks in London over the weekend.”


He added: “The idea of the National Special’s Weekend is to get as many of the UK’s nearly 15,000 Specials as possible to perform a duty over the weekend.


“Hertfordshire’s 240 strong team last year completed a total of 59,000 duty hours for the force. The support provided by our Special Constables and Rural Special Constables is helping to combat crime and keep Hertfordshire even safer.”


Over the last 12 months Hertfordshire’s Special Constables have also:

 

  • made over 288 arrests and assisted in 674
  • dealt with 93 road traffic collisions
  • taken part in 43 alcohol seizures
  • made 116 drug seizures
  • conducted 179 breath tests
  • undertaken 317 stop and searches
  • seized 118 vehicles
  • executed 223 warrants

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “I’d like to thank our Special Constables for what they have achieved during National Specials’ Weekend and for their invaluable support and commitment. It never fails to impress me that they each undertake this vital role during their free time.

 

“In my ‘Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business,’ I outline how I would like more businesses to also get involved and to play their part in helping to keep crime low in the county. Their highly trained employees can bring vital skills to the policing and community safety arena and I would urge more businesses to play their part in supporting employees through Employer Supported Policing.”

 

Employer Supported Policing is a simple but powerful partnership which sees employers support their staff to train and patrol as Special Constables. Special Constables develop key leadership and communication skills they are able to use back in their day job. Employers signing up to the scheme can tailor it to the needs of their business, which will include giving staff some paid leave for training, duties and emergencies. For further information, please click here.

 

Recruitment of Special Constables
Hertfordshire Constabulary is actively recruiting Special Constables.  It is looking for motivated team players wanting a challenge.  Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force.

 

Special Constables get involved in all areas of frontline policing - from high visibility patrols around pubs and clubs at the weekend and being called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision or burglary, to arresting offenders or reassuring and advising residents after a crime has occurred.

 

Aside from emergency response or local Safer Neighbourhood policing, there are constantly evolving opportunities to work within specialist policing environments, such as the investigation of child sexual exploitation, cybercrime, domestic abuse and prisoner processing.  Special Constables with specialist IT knowledge also work alongside police officers and staff who manage registered sex offenders.


Those with an interest or expertise in countryside and rural issues can become Rural Special Constables who are dedicated to the needs of rural communities.  They work alongside our Rural Operation Support Team (ROST) and local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams investigating heritage crime or wildlife offences, tackling hare coursing or poaching, to dealing with fly-tipping or the theft of heating oil.

 

Inspector Debbie Jacyna, Special Constabulary Development Manager, said: “The opportunity to gain experience in specialist departments, at hours and dates to suit you, is uniquely available to Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary.  We are keen to utilise specialist skills or foreign languages that officers have by deploying into the relevant department, as well as assisting with neighbourhood policing.”


Once initial training is complete, Specials are coached by regular officers to complete their Police Action Checklists and are then deemed fit for independent patrol.  On average this can take around 12 months.

 

Register now at www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk

 

Special Constables carried out the following activities across the county:

 

In North Herts

 

On the Friday, Saturday night and Sunday officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around Hitchin’s pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. Officers also assisted with a road traffic collision on Baldock.

 

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

A total of six Special Constables supported the weekend in St Albans.

 

On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around St Albans’ pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. As a result of this work, one man was arrested for assault.

 

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.


A total of six Special Constables supported the weekend in Broxbourne.Hertfordshire’s volunteer police officers mark National Specials Weekend - Broxbourne


On the Friday and Saturday night officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around Broxbourne’s pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. Patrols also targeted recent incidents of criminal damage and vehicle crime.

 

Officers were also first on the scene of an assault in Waltham Cross and provided medical assistance to the victim.

 

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

Hertfordshire’s volunteer police officers mark National Specials Weekend - StevenageA total of 10 Special Constables supported the whole weekend in Stevenage.


On the Friday, Saturday Sunday officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around Stevenage’s pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly.

 

On the Saturday officers carried out high visibility retail crime prevention patrols in Stevenage town centre. As a result one person was arrested for shop lifting.

 

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

A total of six Special Constables supported the whole weekend in Welwyn Hatfield.Hertfordshire’s volunteer police officers mark National Specials Weekend - Hatfield


On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around Welwyn Hatfield’s pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly.

 

On Sunday officers helped to police the Race for Life event held at Stanborough Lakes. Officers patrolled the event keeping an eye out for pick-pocketing.

 

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

A total of 12 Special Constables supported the whole weekend in East Herts, Bishops Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.


Officers also conducted ANPR Operations (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) on Hare Street in Butingford and across county boarders between Essex and Hertfordshire.   The overall aim of the operation was to proactively reduce crime in the area through intelligence methods and ANPR to make it a hostile environment for those wishing to commit crimes such as shed break-ins, van break-ins and burglaries.


On Saturday officers conducted shop-lifting prevention patrols in Hertford and Ware. Officers also supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London.

 

Over the weekend officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around East Herts’ pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. Patrols also targeted recent incidents of criminal damage and vehicle crime. East Herts Specials also attended local car boot sales to check for the potential sale of stolen items.

 

As well as providing a high policing presence and providing reassurance across the region, one person was arrested for a public order offences, one was arrested for affray and one driver was given a fixed penalty notice (fine) for a vehicle defect.


Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

In Hertsmere


On the Friday, Saturday day and Saturday night On the Friday, Saturday Sunday officers attended 61 incidents over the weekend. They supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around St Albans pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. As a result of this work, one Traffic Offence Report* was issued, 1 arrest was made and four verbal warnings were given.

 

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

A total of 14 Special Constables supported the whole weekend in Watford.Hertfordshire’s volunteer police officers mark National Specials Weekend - Watford


On the Friday, Saturday day and Saturday night officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around Watford’s pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. As a result one was arrested for public order offences.

 

Offices were also called to support with road closures following a fire which broke out on Market Street.

 

On the Saturday afternoon officers also carried out a traffic operation on St Albans Road tackling mobile phone usage, not wearing seat belts and speeding. As a result of this work, people were given fixed penalty notices (fines) for the following offences:

 

  • Two people were caught speeding
  • Two people were caught using a mobile phone whilst driving
  • Four people were caught for illegally using bus lanes
  • Nine people were caught for not wearing seatbelts.

Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.

 

Hertfordshire’s volunteer police officers mark National Specials Weekend - Three RiversA total of eight Special Constables supported the weekend in Three Rivers.


On the Friday, Saturday day and Saturday night officers supported Intervention teams with emergency response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams providing reassurance following the terror attacks in London. Officers also carried out high visibility patrols around Hemel Hempstead’s pubs and clubs to ensure revellers stayed safe and were drinking sensibly. As a result one was arrested for public order offences.

 

On the Friday night officers carried out a speeding operation in Batchwood Lane, Croxley Green, Bedmond Road and Abbots Langley. As a result of this work two Traffic Offences Reports* and 11 verbal warnings were given out to speeding drivers.


On the Saturday officers carried out high visibility patrols in burglary hotspots across the region and including Rickmansworth.


Officers also supported the warrants team over the weekend with the execution of raids across the county to capture wanted people. A number of addresses were visited with no arrests made but a multitude of intelligence was gathered.