Hertfordshire Constabulary welcomes new Special Constables
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Hertfordshire Constabulary welcomed a new cohort of Special Constables earlier this month.
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.
The newest cohort were formally attested at a ceremony which took place at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday 1 September.
The five recruits, which include a lighting technician and a custody detention officer, took the police oath in front of Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Justice of Peace Dr Stephen Pam and Chief Inspector Martin Turpin.
They were also joined by three local dignitaries; East Herts Mayor Dave Anderson, North Herts Councillor Sam North and Welwyn Hatfield Mayor Barbara Fitzsimon.
The Special Constables will be based across the county, with two stationed at Three Rivers and the others based at East Herts, North Herts and St Albans.
Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “I was delighted to welcome our newest cohort of Special Constables and I wish them all the very best. They have embarked on a volunteering opportunity like no other and I thank them for their selflessness.
“Applications to join our Special Constabulary are open all year round and I encourage anybody who is looking for a rewarding volunteering role to consider applying.
“If you’re concerned about fitting the role in with your day job, you may be interested in our Employer Supported Policing (ESP) scheme. ESP gives flexibility for Special Constables to carry out their volunteering duties and the constabulary will work with your employer to find a way that works. For example, some employers decide to give the Special unpaid leave to undertake their duties whilst others are able to offer paid leave. It is definitely worth exploring if you are thinking about joining our Special Constabulary. To find out more visit hertspolicespecials.co.uk.”
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.”