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Special Constables working to keep Lancashire safe during Covid-19 pandemic

12 May, 2020

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has praised the county’s Special Constables who have continued to give up their time during the coronavirus lockdown, to help make Lancashire a safer place, with many working extra hours and some volunteering the equivalent of a full time officer.

Since the start of lockdown in March, almost 10,000 hours have been worked by Lancashire’s Special’s – that is over 1,100 additional officer shifts during this period.

During the bank holiday weekend alone, volunteer officers worked 500 hours. Much of this work has been supporting neighbourhood policing with reassurance operations across the county.

There are currently six officers who are volunteering full time hours due to being released by their employers to support the force.

The Commissioner praised the vital support that Special Constables have been making, highlighting their valuable role in helping keep Lancashire safe, both before the current crisis and previously.

He said:

“It is amazing to see the way that Special Constables, who give up their time to help keep people across Lancashire safe, have stepped up during what is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and made such a vital contribution.

“They have always played a vital role in the work that the force does around the clock, but the way they have gone above and beyond over the last three months really highlights the way people are coming together and doing what they can during unprecedented situation.

“We need to recognise the contribution of all volunteers who are helping to deliver vital services that are helping to keep vulnerable people safe and reassuring the wider community – thousands of people, across the county who are giving up their time to support others.”

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