Special Constabulary conduct road safety operation
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Officers from the Special Constabulary conducted a road safety operation in Hemel Hempstead earlier this month.
On Saturday 3 December, a group of ten Specials took to Maylands Avenue and used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to carry out an operation targeting motorists. A total of 37 vehicles were stopped.
Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary 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.
The operation was a team effort with Specials from Dacorum joined by others from North Herts, St Albans and Watford. A Special Constable based with the Road Policing Unit also took part.
During the operation:
Three traffic offence reports were issued for people not wearing seatbelts
Two traffic offence reports were issued to drivers on their mobile phones
One traffic offence report was given for speeding (42mph in a 30mph road)
One traffic offence report was given for a vehicle fitted with incorrect springs
One traffic offence report was given to an uninsured driver
One driver gave a negative roadside breath test
One driver was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of cannabis and possession of cannabis
Seven vehicles were dipped for red diesel. All were negative.
18 drivers were given advice on registration plates
Special Inspector Richard Downs, who led the operation, said: “I hope that local residents feel reassured by this proactive operation and as Special Constables we were glad to be able to help out in this way.
“It was disappointing to have to issue so many traffic offence reports. These offences were endangering the lives of other innocent road users and I hope these drivers will now learn a lesson. We will continue to crack down on dangerous drivers and those who put the safety of other road users at risk.
“I’d like to say thank you to BSI who let us use their driveway for a safe stopping environment and rest room facilities.”
Dacorum Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Jeff Scott said: “We are committed to ensuring that Dacorum’s roads are safe from dangerous drivers. I am very pleased with the results of this operation and I would like to say a big thank you to Special Inspector Richard Downs and his team of officers for organising and running this operation, giving up their free time to do so.
“The Special Constabulary and our volunteers make a vital and significant contribution to the local community and I would encourage others to consider whether they would like to contribute either as a Special Constable or a local Police Support Volunteer. If your employer registers on our Employer Supported Policing scheme, you may even be able to get paid time off work to volunteer with us.”
Did you know? If your employer registers with our Employer Supported Policing scheme, you could be eligible for paid or unpaid leave to carry out your Special duties. Find out more on our website (Opens in a new window).