Search for specials to help keep crime rate at rock bottom levels in Herts

Special constables.
Special constables.

Police in Herts are looking for a very special set of people to make a difference in their communities.

The force is embarking on a recruitment drive for special and rural special constables to join its team, which is already 415 strong across the county.

The volunteer roles offer full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force. The positions are not paid but expenses are reimbursed.

While regular specials can cut their teeth on everything from patrols around weekend nightspots to assisting at the scene of a crime, rural special constables will be dedicated to the needs of rural communities, including patrolling country lanes and even tackling poaching or helping injured livestock and wildlife.

Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “Specials play a vital role in keeping the county safe and I am keen to welcome as many as possible into the force. My policing plan for the county is for more people to get involved and to play their part in helping to keep crime low in the county.”

Special Chief Con David Tewkesbury, said: “Specials are an incredibly valuable resource to the constabulary. They receive training to ensure they can play their part and can be involved in all types of policing.

“So if you are 18 or over, can multi-task, have great interpersonal skills and want to give something back to the community for at least 16 hours a month in your free time, why don’t you make a positive change for 2014?”

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