Seven new Special Constables keeping Hertfordshire safe
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Hertfordshire Constabulary has proudly welcomed seven new Special Constables who are volunteering their time to keep Hertfordshire safe.
The new recruits have been settling in their roles for the past few weeks, having taken the police oath at an attestation ceremony on Thursday 17 February.
As Special Constables, they have chosen to give up their time to volunteer as police officers for a minimum of 16 hours a month. In a volunteering role like no other, they 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.
At their attestation ceremony, which took place at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, they were joined by Deputy Chief Constable Bill Jephson, Special Superintendent Mike Allardyce and Justice of Peace Dr Susan Jordache.
The new recruits are:
Special Constable Jonathan Tricker, who is based in Broxbourne
Special Constable Nazia Rashid, who is based in Hertsmere
Special Constable Oliver Gobey, who is based in North Herts
Special Constable Emma Christou, who is based in Stevenage
Special Constable Jade Mole, who is based in Stevenage
Special Constable Craig Sparkes, who is based in Welwyn Hatfield
Special Constable Debbie Georgiou, who is based in Welwyn Hatfield
Deputy Chief Constable Bill Jephson said: “The Special Constabulary is a vital asset in keeping Hertfordshire safe and it’s always great to welcome even more recruits onto the team.
“I would like to a say a big congratulations to our new Special Constables and I wish them all the best as they begin this exciting new part of their lives. They will be responsible for helping us to prevent harm and I commend them for taking on this challenging but ultimately fulfilling role.
“We welcome applications to our Special Constabulary all year round so if you are keen to take on this volunteering role like no other, I encourage you to submit an application. You will get to see the real impact of crime on people's lives and the extraordinary power you have as an individual to make a real difference.”