More than 300 officers from the Cheshire's Special Constabulary clocked up in excess of 2,500 hours carrying out a range of policing activities across Cheshire as part of the National Specials Weekend.
This year's event in, which took place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, saw Special Officers working with local communities to tackle neighbourhood issues with over 300 duties, including over 310 eight hour shifts performed. The initiative was also an opportunity to highlight the work that Special Constables do across the county and to attract new officers to the role.
Activities performed by Special Constables in Cheshire over the course of National Specials Weekend included:
• town and rural crime initiatives
• vehicle/driver engagement
• licensing operations
• plain clothed neighbourhood patrols targeting anti-social behaviour
• recruitment stalls in Chester city centre, at Tatton Park Classic Car Festival and Knutsford Makers market.
More than 80 drivers were stopped for speeding offences, a number of vehicles were seized and 14 arrests made for a variety of offences including drunk and disorderly, drink driving and assaults.
The aim of this annual event, was to raise the profile of Special Constables, both in local communities and at a wider, national level. National Specials Weekend is organised across England and Wales by the National Police Chiefs' Council, Citizens in Policing, the College of Policing and local police forces.
Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers who play a key role in local policing and have the same powers as regular police officers.
Cheshire Special Constabulary’s Chief Officer, Celvyn Jones said:
“National Specials Weekend was designed to showcase the tremendous work Cheshire Special Constables carry out across our county and within our local communities, demonstrating how they keep those who live, work and visit Cheshire safe each and every day.
I am proud to lead such a dedicated, determined and selfless team, and this weekend’s events had a positive impact within our local communities. We have a team of 450 officers who give over 100,000 hours of Policing to the communities of Cheshire and who all bring different skills and experiences into the Police Service.
The role of a Special Constable is challenging and rewarding and I would encourage anyone who would like to help tackle local issues to seriously consider coming to a recruitment seminar to learn more about joining our team.”
The Constabulary’s Chief Constable Simon Byrne expressed “a huge thanks to the many colleagues from the Special Constabulary who supported the policing operations across the Force over the weekend. We are seen as having one of the most progressive Special Constabularies in the country. I hope Volunteers’ Week has highlighted the opportunities of bringing policing and the communities we serve even closer together.”