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Specials in Warwickshire help to keep county's roads safe

As part of National Specials Weekend, on Saturday volunteers from the force's Special Constabulary gave up their own time to carry out a roads policing operation with regular officers.

19 Special Officers took part in the operation, named Op Beppo, at Corley northbound motorway services. The aim was to increase awareness around road safety and to target suspected criminals using the strategic road network.Op Beppo
Op Beppo 1

Special Constables are uniformed warranted police volunteers with the same powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest, who play a key role in local policing.Op Beppo 2
Op Beppo 2

They give up anything from 16 hours a month at a time that suits them, helping police towns and villages alongside regular officers. They come from all walks of life and all have different motivations for volunteering, with many fitting their volunteering duties around busy day jobs.

As a result of Saturday's operation, 59 vehicles were pulled off the motorway by roads policing officers. This resulted in 13 traffic offence reports, two tax issues, eight producer notices, five vehicle seizures and one vehicle which was found to be over a tonne overweight.Op Beppo 3 Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Op Beppo 3

Part of the operation also included a community engagement aspect, where discussions were held regarding child car seats and the legal requirements surrounding them.

Support and guidance was provided by officers from Rugby's Safer Neighbourhood Team, Warwickshire Police's vehicle examiner and Operational Patrol Unit (OPU), Fillongley Garage, and Prisoner Processing Team (PPT) were on standby at Nuneaton in case any arrests were made.Beppo

Following the operation, Chief Inspector Adrian Davis from Warwickshire Police said: "The support given to all the Specials was excellent, and it was fantastic to see both regular and Special officers working together to make the day a success.  

"I hope that our presence on the road had a positive effect, and raised awareness that we will continue to be proactive in making the road networks safe."

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith from Warwickshire Police said: "I'm extremely appreciative of the efforts that have gone into this operation, both by our regular officers and from members of the Special Constabulary.

"Our volunteers make up an incredibly important and highly valued section of our workforce, and dedicate an overwhelming amount of their time to help their local policing teams for which I could not be more grateful. Thank you to all who took part over the weekend."

Issued: 5pm, Wednesday 5 June, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 05/06/19