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Specials Priorities Team: the first three months

Since its launch in August 2016 the South Warwickshire Special Constabulary Priorities Team (or Specials Priorities Team [SPT]) has carried out more than 456 hours of operational duties in order to protect local people from the risk of harm.

The SPT is made up of skilled existing Special Constables who take on priorities identified by Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) across South Warwickshire.

Officers use targeted proactive policing and engagement with stakeholders to address burglary, vehicle theft, drugs offences, rural crime and other local priorities in the major towns of Alcester, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Southam, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and the rural areas of South Warwickshire.

The officers also carry out proactive operations, patrols and events as well as promoting crime prevention and awareness.

During September, October and November 2016 the team's 16 volunteer officers have:
• completed 45 tasks identified by South Warwickshire SNTs
• attended 32 priority incidents
• completed 52 traffic offence reports
• filed three Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme notices
• registered two Home Office Road Traffic notifications
• seized three vehicles
• made more than 20 intelligence reports, and
• undertaken stop checks of 38 people and 48 vehicle stops.

To achieve these results the SPT has carried out more than 1,500 miles of patrols using police vehicles, and more than 50 miles on foot.

The officers' work has involved visiting more than 18 towns and villages in South Warwickshire to deliver 45 hours of crime prevention work and 23 hours of Hate Crime Awareness.

SPT officers have also supported other Warwickshire Police operations, including the Kenilworth Horse Fair, public events in Stratford-upon-Avon, and force-wide initiative such as Operation Protect, Operation Plemont, and the NPCC action campaign.

To enable them to support the SPT's work officers have undergone a range of training programmes about:
• anti-social behaviour (ASB) and ASB risk assessments
• retail radio
• begging
• Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, concerning dispersal powers
• traffic process sessions
• rural crime
• use of handheld speed guns
• use of intoximeters at the roadside and police stations, and
• domestic abuse training.