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Bid to swell Special Constabulary's ranks


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Bid to swell Special Constabulary's ranks

Durham Constabulary is launching a drive to recruit more volunteer officers into the ranks of its “specials”.

From today, Friday, September 27, an application form to join the Special Constabulary will be available for download on the force's website under the “Joining Us” section: https://www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/default.aspx.

Members of the Special Constabulary must complete a minimum of 16 hours service a month and a variety of roles are available to them.

During a three-month period earlier this year Durham’s 80 Special Constables contributed over 4,800 volunteer hours, with more than 20,000 hours recorded throughout the financial year 12/13. They arrested 95 suspected offenders; attended 19 police and community together (PACT) meetings; attended 121 domestic incidents in which they provided support to victims and took positive action against offenders; dealt with the search and location of 13 missing people; attended 232 anti-social behaviour incidents throughout the force area; had direct contact with 178 victims of crime. Specials serving with the roads policing unit attended 44 road traffic collisions, ranging from minor damage only incidents to serious and fatal collisions.

Special Superintendent Dale Checksfield, operational lead for Durham specials, said:

“The fabulous results delivered by our volunteer officers show the significant impact Special Constables make to policing in County Durham and Darlington, responding to community needs and concerns. We hope to swell the Special Constabulary’s ranks to ensure we deliver the best in policing to our communities and look forward to improving on this success in the coming year.”

He added: “Specials are an integral part of the force, delivering front-line policing in support of regular officers. Volunteering a minimum of 16 hours a month in a variety of roles, they deliver an effective service to County Durham and Darlington communities.”

Application forms must be downloaded and printed out as no paper copies will be supplied. Once completed they can either be sent in the post to police headquarters at Aykley Heads, or delivered to headquarters reception by hand Monday to Friday between 7.45am and 5.15pm. They will not be accepted outside those hours and cannot be dropped in at police stations.

The submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, October 11. Only the first 500 applications will be considered and if more than 500 are received before October 11 no further applications will be accepted and a note will appear on the website to say the process has closed.

Information about eligibility criteria is given on the website and further information is available from the personnel and health services team on 0191 3752123.

Posted on Friday 27th September 2013
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