Recognising the value of the Special Constabulary Date published: 1st June 2017 4.24pm

Cheshire Constabulary and Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane are recognising the value of those individuals who give up their free time to help police local communities during a week-long national celebration.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne and Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane will be walking the streets this weekend with the Constabulary's special officers recognising the role they play in helping the Constabulary police its communities - giving them much needed recognition for all the dedication and commitment they give to the force.

National Specials Weekend (2-4 June) forms part of the wider 'National Volunteers Week' which runs from 1 – 7 June every year.

Leadership, integration and collaboration are just three of the key themes of this year's National Specials Weekend.

Working in partnership, the Local Policing Unit Chief Inspectors and Local Policing Unit Special Inspectors have identified local policing priorities and issues which all have a direct impact on their communities. With this year's theme of integration in mind, each LPU over the weekend will be led by the Special Constabulary but, most importantly, will consist of specials, regular officers and PCSOs all working together to address local community needs - as one integrated team.

Special officers across the county will be leading on StreetSafe initiatives, licensing checks, community engagement, Operation Scrambler (targeting the anti-social and illegal use of mini-motos and off-road bikes), roads policing initiatives, and much more throughout the weekend.

Special Constabulary Chief Officer Celvyn Jones said: "The very nature of such a weekend usually sees specials planning and running specific specials led operations. Typically this means they work in silos and on their own – which is something we wanted to avoid this year. The activity planned for the weekend will specifically involve all members of the policing family working together to tackle local issues - while recognising the value of the Special Constabulary.

"With a team of 437 special officers, it is really important for members of the public to see the value that each and every one of them brings in helping to keep Cheshire safe.

"I am really proud to lead such a dedicated, determined and selfless team, and I am sure that the weekend's activity will leave a positive impact within our local communities."

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane said: "I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this year's National Specials Weekend. The celebratory weekend aims to show members of the public the true value of the work the Special Constabulary do, and how it is contributing to keeping their communities safe.

"I am really excited to walk the streets with those individuals that give up their free time to give something back to their communities and help keep Cheshire's streets safe.

"I want to say a massive thank you for all the hard work and commitment that all of special officers, give to the Constabulary – providing a truly valuable service to the public of Cheshire."

Chief Officer Jones added: "As a special officer 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 as a Special Constable 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 coming to a recruitment seminar to learn more about joining our team."

To follow the work the Special Constabulary will be carrying out over National Specials Weekend follow @CheshirePolSC and the local policing accounts or #SCWE17