Our door is always open to ‘Specials’

To mark National Volunteers’ Week Cleveland Police has committed to recruit more ordinary people willing to make an extraordinary difference to their community.

The Force wants to swell the numbers of those volunteering as Special Constables to more than 200 in the coming months – by keeping recruitment open to these roles at all times. Recruitment will open on Wednesday June 6 and not close.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “My message to anyone considering becoming a Special Constable is that our door is always open to you.

“I absolutely recognise the skills, dedication and life experience volunteers bring to policing.

“By welcoming volunteer officers we’re recognising that policing is about communities, we all have a part to play and we can work together to improve the areas where we live and work.”

Special Constables are trained volunteer officers who work alongside local police officers to tackle crime. Specials have the same responsibilities and powers as regular officers and must follow the same rules of conduct. They must commit a minimum of four hours a week.

David Robinson is the Special Constabulary Chief Officer. He said: “This weekend is National Specials’ Weekend within National Volunteers’ Week.

“We’re marking it with 14 Special Constables offering a combined 100 hours of service in a large-scale operation to target anti-social driving and uninsured drivers.

“It’s a clear example of how Specials can support local policing objectives and make a clear difference to their community.”

David is positive about the benefits that volunteering can bring. He adds: “Becoming a Special Constable is a role like no other, it’s challenging, varied and for the right person extremely rewarding.”

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is giving the recruitment drive his full support. He said: “Special Constables are an asset to Cleveland and help us deliver the local neighbourhood policing I’m so passionate about protecting.”

From next week you can find out more about becoming a Special Constable in Cleveland on this website.

On social media find out more about the role of Specials at #specialsweekend18