From Co-op to Cop Shop for Middlesbrough Volunteer Laura

A shop supervisor is flying the flag for special constables after achieving more than 1000 hours of voluntary service across Middlesbrough in 2016.

lauraradigan Laura Radigan, 27, turns from helping shoppers by day at the Co-op Supermarket in Northallerton, to shopping criminals by night as one of 48 volunteer police constables working on behalf of Cleveland Police.

Cleveland’s special constables have the same powers as substantive police officers, with the ability to arrest offenders and respond to emergency situations.

Laura’s amazing volunteering feat means that she has helped the special constabulary give over 15,000 hours of service last year, which equates to a huge £290,000 worth of policing.

The management skills that she has honed in her role at the Co-op have seen Laura rise through the ranks as a special sergeant, leading a team of other special constables through emergency incidents.

Laura said: “I love the variety and challenge of being a special constable and not knowing what I’m going to deal with when I go in. I’ve always had a big interest in policing, ever since I was young

“My family love hearing about what I’ve been doing and I think that they are inspired that I serve the community as a volunteer. My mum does worry about me when I’m out on shift, but she is used to it now. I’ve been a special for just under two years and absolutely love it. People find it interesting that I do two very different things, but managing people is the same no matter what profession.

“I would encourage people to consider joining the special constabulary, the role is tough and can be challenging, but in terms of reward and recognition, in my mind there’s no other voluntary job like it.”
Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine said: “What Laura and our other special constables have achieved is no mean feat.

“I am absolutely astounded by their commitment and professionalism. It’s so important that we highlight the work of our volunteers and their contribution to local communities. On behalf of Cleveland Police and our communities, I want to say a huge thank you.”

More details about the Special Constabulary can be found by visiting www.cleveland.police.uk