Village police station to become base for special constables

Special Constables out on the beat
Special Constables out on the beat

Work is underway for Riseley police station to be used by special constables.

The station will be the third this year which has been opened for the Special Constabulary to use as an operating base.

At present, 17 members of the Special Constabulary are based at Leighton Buzzard with 20 at Biggleswade. These numbers will rise to 50 at each station as the Special Constabulary grows over the next two years.

During September and October, the Special Constabulary contributed 3,334 hours of patrol and tasking across the two areas.

Chief Inspector Horsford, tactical lead for the Special Constabulary, said: “I am delighted to be now working on opening Riseley police station adding further to our Rural Policing Strategy. I expect members of the Special Constabulary to be working from Riseley by the beginning February.

“Plans are in progress for stations in Flitwick and Houghton Regis to be opened during 2015, with Dunstable to follow shortly afterwards. For me this is very much about members of the local community volunteering to help police and support their local communities.”

Initially six officers will work from Riseley with the number increasing over the next financial year.

Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary Wayne Humberstone said: “This is another very positive and important milestone for the constabulary. We now deploy officers from stations right across rural Bedfordshire with more to come on line in the near future.”

Leighton Buzzard was opened in August followed by Biggleswade the following month.

For more information about joining the Special Constabulary, visit http://

www.bedfordshire.police.uk/recruitment/special_constables.aspx