New Special Constables join Hertfordshire Constabulary
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Three new Special Constables have recently joined Hertfordshire Constabulary.
At a joint ceremony with Bedfordshire Police on Thursday 13 January, the new recruits took the police oath at Dunstable Police Station in front of Training Officer PC Dan Devico, Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Gary Forsyth and Magistrate Ian Melville.
They were joined by two other new officers who will be joining Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary.
A Special Constable is a volunteering opportunity like no other. The officers give up their time to volunteer as police officers for a minimum of 16 hours a month. All the officers have full policing powers, including the power to arrest.
During 13 weeks of training, the new recruits learnt about basic law around theft, public order, assaults, traffic, powers of arrest and stop and search. They also used a virtual learning environment which trained them in legislation.
Hertfordshire Constabulary is proud to welcome:
Special Constable Chloe Edmonds, who will be based in St Albans
Special Constable Bradley Wilkinson, who will be based in Stevenage
Special Constable Gary Hoptroff, who will be based in Borehamwood
PC Dan Devico, Training Officer for the cohort, said: “Volunteering as a Special Constable is an incredible venture. You get to give back to your community and make a real difference to peoples’ lives. At the same time, you’re building up fantastic skills like confidence, decision-making, and communication to name a few – all of which serve you well both professionally and personally.
“I would like to say a huge congratulations to our newest recruits. I’ve seen their hard work first-hand and I know they will make a huge difference in helping to keep Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire safe.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “Special Constables are a vital part of the wider policing family, and play a crucial role in strengthening local policing teams across the county. They provide a visible and reassuring presence, and are highly valued by the teams they work alongside.
“The draft of my latest Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is currently out for public consultation and it highlights how volunteers can play their part in making our communities safer. Nothing epitomises this ethos as much as the Special Constabulary and I thank all of them for their work and sacrifices.”
You can follow Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary on Twitter (@Herts_Specials)
Photo caption - Pictured from left to right are Special Constable Nathan Ellingham, Special Constable Dan Simpson (both Bedfordshire Police), Hertfordshire PC Dan Devico, Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Gary Forsyth , Magistrate Ian Melville, Special Constable Chloe Edmonds, Special Constable Bradley Wilkinson (Herts) and Special Constable Gary Hoptroff.