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Celebrating National Specials Weekend

This weekend (31 May - 2 June) sees Warwickshire Police Special Constables on duty during National Specials Weekend, protecting people from harm, promoting the work of the Special Constabulary in local communities and encouraging people to volunteer as Special Constables.

Specials Constables are volunteers who commit a minimum of 16 hours a month and play a key role in local policing. They have the same powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest.

Warwickshire Police currently has 116 Special Constables that contributed an astonishing 47,689 hours of volunteering between April 2018 and March 2019. They come from all walks of life and all have different motivations for volunteering, with many fitting their volunteering duties around busy day jobs.

National Specials Weekend forms part of National Volunteers' Week 2019, and this ensures that volunteering in a policing context forms part of the wider, national focus on volunteering opportunities.

Over National Specials Weekend, Warwickshire Police Special Constables will be carrying out policing activities relevant to local needs, supporting community and neighbourhood issues.

Citizens in Policing Lead Chief Superintendent Ben Smith from Warwickshire Police, said: "National Specials Weekend is an occasion to highlight the work and achievements of our Special Constables, who play an important role within Warwickshire Police, working with regular officers and police staff to strengthen our links to local communities and make a real difference to peoples' lives.

"In calling on their skills, expertise and time, we seek to support our volunteers and provide them with opportunities to develop so that they can achieve more, both within the police force and in their roles outside of the organisation."

Warwickshire Police Special Chief Officer, Katherine Hancock said: "Through volunteering with Warwickshire Police Special Constabulary, people are given the opportunity to not only develop their experience and skills, but to also build their confidence and self-esteem, while establishing valued connections with the communities we serve.

"All of these developments hugely benefit the police force, our communities and our volunteers. National Specials Weekend provides us with an opportunity to focus on the roles and responsibilities of our Special Constables, their work and achievements, and to encourage more people to volunteer with Warwickshire Police."

For more information about Warwickshire Police Special Constabulary, visit:

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/specialconstables

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Posted at: 9.40am, Friday, 31 May, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 31/05/19