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Special constabulary impress during awareness weekend

8 April, 2014

THERE was praise for Lancashire Special Constabulary after a weekend spent raising awareness of the vital role they play in the county.

171 members of Lancashire Special Constabulary took to the streets of Lancashire this weekend, Saturday 5 April and Sunday 6 April, as part of the National Specials Weekend.

The volunteer police officers gave up their time for free, working a total of 1,450hrs hours to support policing, working in their communities as part of National Specials Weekend.

And they were joined by Miranda Carruthers-Watt, Chief Executive of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, on a traffic operation in Darwen and Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Amanda Webster on patrol at Hoghton Tower Sprint.

This weekend looked to highlight the work Specials do in support of regular officers, carrying out a range of activities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, allowing the public to get an insight into the work that they do.

Special Constabulary Officers stopped 143 vehicles as part of a road policing operation, carried out four Community Road Watch schemes, dealt with four people missing from home and carried out six alcohol seizures.

Miranda Carruthers-Watt said: “I was very impressed by the Special Constabulary when I saw them in action on Saturday night.

“They ran a very important and professional operation in Darwen, and were a credit to Lancashire Constabulary.

“I hope by highlighting the work they do and the vital role they play in the county, we can encourage more volunteers to sign up. Volunteering has benefits for everyone involved, and I know from speaking to existing specials they find being part of the Special Constabulary a very rewarding experience.”

The weekend saw the Special Constabulary performing 220 separate duties including attendance at 62 logs policing the busy towns and cities, carrying out 13 reassurance patrols, as well as getting involved in specialist operations in local neighbourhoods.

Nigel Walters, the Chief Officer of Lancashire’s Special Constabulary, said: “The intention of this weekend was to raise awareness of the invaluable work that the Special Constabulary does day-in-day-out.

“It was an impressive turnout across the county over both days supporting regular operations and duties, plus an important training weekend was successfully hosted at police headquarters.

“The Special Constabulary is an integral part of policing in the county and we wanted to reflect on the work we do to keep communities safe.”

Lancashire Constabulary has a total of 471 special constables. They have full police powers and perform the same duties as regular officers. These can range from general patrol to the policing of football matches and road traffic incidents.

Specials wear the same uniform as police officers and are issued with the same equipment. Aged 18 and above, they work flexible hours with a minimum requirement of four hours per week and provide their time and expertise without financial reward.

Officers tweeted throughout the weekend using the hashtag #SCWeekend14 on the Lancashire Special Constabulary Twitter account, which can be followed @LancsSCCOTeam.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of the Special Constabulary or who is interested in becoming a special constable should call 01772 410392.

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