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Celebrating Volunteers' Week: A day in the life of a Special Constable

From Saturday (2 June) to Friday (8 June), we will be celebrating Volunteers' Week and paying tribute to some of our fantastic volunteers who give up their valuable time to help Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

Special Constables are volunteers who are fully warranted police officers who not only wear the same uniform and carry the same protective equipment as police officers but have the same powers, including the power of arrest.

They are trained and equipped to deal with some of the toughest challenges the police service has to face.

Last month, Special Constable Liam Scriven from North Worcestershire, was acknowledged for his composure and professionalism while in attendance at an incident in Redditch.

Liam helped the victim by providing first aid and has since been praised for his role both during and after the incident. Liam said: "The most enjoyable part of being a Special Constable is doing something that makes a difference to someone's life.

"Whether it's simply helping them with a simple question to supporting someone during a really low point in their life, it is really satisfying having a positive impact on their lives."

Chief Inspector Sharon Cannings contacted Liam to show her appreciation and express how much Redditch Police Station values what the Special Constabulary do.

Being a Special Constable within Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police is both challenging and rewarding as no two days are the same.

This is a fantastic achievement and shows how valuable our Special Constables are within policing.

Liam currently works in Graduate Recruitment but has decided to join the Police Now Graduate Programme full time from July with West Midlands Police with the hope of ending up in Chelmsley Wood's Neighbourhood Police Team in Solihull.

To find out more about what being a Special Constable with West Mercia Police entails click here

Issued: 11.30am, Wednesday 6 June, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 06/06/18