Police supporting officers under the spotlight for their Special contributions

Special constables
Special constables

The county’s Special Constable force will be showcasing some of its valuable work this weekend as part of a national initiative to highlight the vital role.

Almost all of Hertfordshire’s 410 Specials will be taking part in a variety of policing activities from tackling underage drinking to manning a football match.

National Specials Weekend – which begins today and runs until Sunday – is designed to shine the spotlight on the contributions these supporting officers make to the police force and their communities as a whole.

Herts Special Chief Officer David Tewkesbury said: “The National Specials Weekend is a great chance for Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary to showcase the valuable policing work they undertake every day for the county in their own free time.

“The county’s Special Constables are recognised as one of the best performing teams in the UK and in the last 12 months performed a total of 136,000 duty hours for the force.”

Within the last year Herts Specials have also succeeded in making more than 600 arrests, dealing with 162 road traffic collisions, executing 286 warrants and undertaking a mammoth 2,023 stop and searches.

The Twitter hashtag #SCWeekend14 will provide regular updates of the force’s activities over the weekend.

Herts Police is also keen to recruit Special Constables and Rural Special Constables from across the county to join its team. Click here for more on the role and how to apply.