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Cheshire specials give 680 hours to help keep Cheshire safe

By on June 13, 2019

As part of National Specials Weekend, Cheshire Special Constabulary gave 680 hours of their spare time to help keep communities in Cheshire safe.

The national celebration weekend took place on Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June and saw a number of Cheshire Constabulary’s specials take to the streets to support officers and tackle local community issues.

85 specials took part in policing duties, assisted in 18 arrests, issued 18 Traffic Offence Reports and were involved in five operations.

The weekend also saw Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke support the Special Constabulary with their duties in Chester.

DCC Cooke said: “As part of National Specials Weekend I went along to Chester LPU where a number of officers were targeting speeding vehicles as part of the ongoing campaign to tackling motorists committing one of the Fatal 5 offences – careless driving, speeding, drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

“It was great to see such an excellent turnout from the Special Constabulary, some of whom were young in service but very eager to learn. It was great to see them working alongside officers and PCSOs, being a visible presence in the community. The feedback they received was excellent.’

Cheshire has a number of Special Constables who dedicate their free time to keeping the communities of Cheshire safe.

Special Constables are volunteer police officers with the same powers in law as every other police officer.

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “The dedication shown by our special constables and volunteers is outstanding, and the fact that that they give up their spare time, and balance their work and home lives to go out there and help us police our communities is something we should all be proud of. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work.”

Citizens in Policing lead, Chief Inspector Louise Cherrington, said: “We have a fantastic Special Constabulary full of dedicated, determined and selfless individuals, and the weekend’s activity shows just how much value they bring to local policing.

“I have no doubt in my mind the positive impact they brought to our local communities throughout the weekend, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave up their spare time to get involved with the weekend.”

To apply to become a Special Constable with Cheshire Police visit the jobs page on the force website. https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/special-constables/

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