Cheshire specials to tackle local community issues Date published: 31st May 2019 8.46am

Cheshire’s Special Constabulary will be out and about this weekend tackling local community issues across the county.

The activity will take place as part of National Specials Weekend, a national celebration of all those individuals who dedicate their spare time to help police their local communities.

National Specials Weekend, which starts Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, forms part of the wider 'National Volunteers Week' which runs from 1-7 June every year.

Cheshire has a number of Special Constables who dedicate their free time to keeping the communities of Cheshire safe. The weekend will see specials out and about each day taking part in a variety of policing activities across the county with a focus on local community issues and road safety.

Specials will be at Tatton Park’s Classic Car Show promoting road safety alongside officers from the Roads and Crime Unit and colleagues from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. They will be demonstrating the consequences committing one of the
Fatal 5 can have, by showcasing the ‘Think Car’ - a vehicle involved in a fatal collision - as well as a drink/drive simulator.

The Fatal 5 are the five main contributory factors in fatal collisions, these are careless driving, speeding, drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Continuing with the road safety theme, specials will also be involved in a number of roads policing operations throughout the weekend, targeting those motorists committing one of the Fatal 5 offences.

Citizens in Policing lead, Chief Inspector Louise Cherrington said: “It is really important we recognise the value of the Special Constabulary and this weekend gives us the perfect opportunity to do that. It is vital we show the public the contribution each and every one of our Special Constables brings in helping to keep Cheshire safe.

“We have a fantastic Special Constabulary full of dedicated, determined and selfless individuals, and I am sure that the weekend's activity will leave a positive impact within our local communities."

To follow the work the Special Constabulary will be carrying out over National Specials Weekend follow @CheshirePolSC and the local policing accounts, or #SpecialsWeekend19

The Special Constabulary is a team of volunteer police officers. They have the same powers in law as every other police officer, they wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and work alongside regular officers.

CI Cherrington added: "As a Special Constable you are in an unrivalled position to help the local community and make it a safer place to live. The work of the police is extremely varied and as such, your experiences will reflect this. The role is challenging and rewarding and I would encourage anyone who would like to help tackle local issues to seriously consider applying to join our team."

To apply to become a Special Constable with Cheshire Police visit the jobs page on the force website. https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/special-constables/