What a Special honour! Two borough volunteers join the force

Newly-recruited Special Constables in Herts
Newly-recruited Special Constables in Herts

Two Special Constables from Dacorum are among a newly-recruited batch of 24 across the county.

Lucy Eggleton, 23, and Andrew Fleet, 41, will start their new police support role at the Hemel Hempstead station on Combe Street after nine weekends of training.

During their training, they learnt about legal powers and procedures, communications, traffic laws, first aid and self defence, and each have gone through a rigorous selection process to qualify them for the vital role.

Over the next year, the new recruits will continue their training before ‘passing out’ as substantive Special Constables.

Force Lead for the Special Constabulary Chief Insp Carl Foster said: “It is great to welcome our new Special Constables to the Force. I have no doubt that each of them will make a valuable contribution to the Constabulary as a whole and the local communities they are already policing.

“Specials Constables are an incredibly valuable resource to the Constabulary. They receive training to ensure they can play their part, being involved in all types of policing such as tackling anti-social behaviour and public order patrols.

“Specials also have the opportunity to get involved in specialist operations such as Operation Sentinel - the county’s dedicated drive to keeping criminals out of Hertfordshire through ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology.”

Herts Police are keen to recruit even more Special Constables and Rural Special Constables from across the county. The role offers full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and candidates work alongside the regular force, but as volunteers, Specials are not paid, although expenses are reimbursed.

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