Drive to recruit more Specials

Police are launching a campaign to recruit more Special Constables across the county.

The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers, who work alongside Safer Neighbourhood teams and PCSOs.

Specials play a crucial role in fighting crime, have the same powers as police officers and are required to volunteer for a minimum of four hours a week.

Assistant chief constable Dee Collins said: “We have around 300 Special Constables at the moment and they are a valuable resource.

“They often work in the area they are from so they know the issues faced by the community and they are aware of local troublemakers.”

The Special Constabulary recruits people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are a few basic criteria that people need to meet if they want to join. You must be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old to apply.

For further details, or an application pack, contact 0300 330 1330, email or visit