Hertfordshire Constabulary welcomes new Special Constables
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Seven new Special Constables have been welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary.
The new recruits were formally attested at a ceremony at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday 14 April. They took the police oath watched on by Assistant Chief Constable Matt Nicholls, Special Superintendent Michael Allardyce and Justice of Peace Dr Stephen Pam.
Specials are volunteer police officers. They come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. Highly trained, with full policing powers including the power to arrest, they play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime.
Hertfordshire Constabulary is proud to welcome:
Special Constable Richard Chalmers who will be based in East Herts
Special Constable Harry Levi who will be based in Hertsmere
Special Constable Jennifer Lovell who will be based in North Herts
Special Constable Joshua Firmin who will be based in St Albans
Special Constable Jason Briers who will be based in Stevenage
Special Constable Tony Graham who will be based in Stevenage
Special Constable Steven Aitken who will be based in Welwyn Hatfield
Also there to mark the occasion were Hertford Mayor Cllr Bob Deering, Hertsmere Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress Cllr John Graham and Mrs Barbara Graham, Stevenage Mayor Cllr Sandra Barr and Welwyn Hatfield Mayor Cllr Peter Hebden.
As part of joint ceremony with Bedfordshire Police, they were also joined by colleagues across the border – two new Intervention officers and another Special Constable.
Assistant Chief Constable Matt Nicholls said: “I would like to congratulate our latest recruits for all their hard work so far in training and I wish them all the best as they begin their shifts.
“Our Special Constabulary are an extraordinary bunch of individuals who give up their time to keep the public safe. They develop a huge range of personal and professional skills by taking on this challenge and we in return benefit from the skills they bring to us from their workplaces. This cohort includes an engineer, a retail supervisor and a retired teacher which demonstrates the huge variety of roles with skills transferable to policing. Maybe you have what it takes too? If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable, visit Herts Specials (opens in new window) for more information, including how to apply.”
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “Special constables are an excellent and vital part of Hertfordshire Constabulary who do an amazing job. They bring new skills and experience to policing, while gaining an immense sense of satisfaction for helping those in need in our communities.”