Hertfordshire Constabulary is calling on voluntary 'Special Constables' to help keep their community safe
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Hertfordshire Constabulary is calling on volunteers to help keep their community safe.
The force is looking to recruit Special Constables - a part-time, voluntary police officer with the same powers as regular officers.Specials volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours a month, are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime.
Special Sergeant Alex Whittle has been a Special for 13 years and was awarded Special Constabulary Officer of the Year at a recent ceremony.
Alex said: “I became a Special as I wanted to serve my community and keep people safe, it’s a role I thoroughly enjoy. I’m really appreciative Hertfordshire Constabulary is keen to recognise the exceptional work that its volunteers and staff undertake - it’s very encouraging to receive this kind of recognition.”
He explained he had been involved in some ‘interesting incidents’ during his career, including a major incident in Baldock where he was responsible for initial incident ground command, until he could handover to an inspector.
He added: “I’ve also been heavily involved in conducting warrants for drugs and other illicit items as part of my role. Being a Special is incredibly rewarding and a volunteering role like no other. I can learn new skills which I am able to use in my day-to-day life and my regular employment so it’s extremely beneficial. I give my time to do this but receive some great training and skills in return. I would recommend becoming a Special to anyone!”
Visit the force website to find out more information.