The skills of Staffordshire’s volunteer police officers – or Special Constables – have been showcased ahead of new plans to improve the service.
The future will see more comprehensive training for existing and new volunteer officers in Staffordshire and they’ll receive better equipment and have more opportunities to widen the policing activities they are involved with. Specials are, for the first time, being trained in more specialist roles in licensing, integrated offender management, roads and wildlife policing, public order intelligence and detective skills. Certificates were presented to 29 Specials who have completed training in these areas at a recent awards evening. ,
Staffordshire is ambitious about what our Special Constabulary can achieve and they have an important role supporting full-time regular police officers.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Ellis, who last year set out his aspirations for the changes now happening said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the commitment of Special Constables. The Chief Constable and his team have done a tremendous job developing the enhancements I set out ten months ago, including new ‘very local’ Community Specials, and I believe it puts Staffordshire’s Special Constabulary in a brilliant and exciting position for the future.”
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “Special Constables are police officers, they have the same powers, and they work alongside regular police officers to tackle crime and support our communities. Those who give their time to be members of the Staffordshire Police Special Constabulary are incredible people who play a key role in keeping our communities safe.”
For more details visit www.StaffsSpecials.org