MP praises work of Bedfordshire police specials in speech at House of Commons

Alistair Burt
Alistair Burt

MP Alistair Burt raised the issue of support given to special police teams with Police Minister Mike Penning MP during a Parliamentary session.

It followed a meeting with Bedfordshire Special Constabulary Chief Officer Wayne Humberstone.

Speaking to the Minister in the House of Commons, Mr Burt praised the expansion and effectiveness of the special constabulary in Bedfordshire, and urged the Minister to encourage employers to allow employees to become ‘specials’ as their contribution to public service.

Mr Burt said: ‘I was very impressed with Mr Humberstone’s commitment to his officers and the part they play in effective crime fighting with the rest of Bedfordshire police. I was pleased to hear of the expansion of the force, their specialist technical units, and also their use from February of the Riseley police station to provide a stronger presence in the rural areas.

“But specials need to recruit too, and I was pleased the Minister was strong in his support not only for them, but also for employers to be as generous as possible in encouraging employees to take part in this form of public service.

“I look forward to going out with both specials and regular police officers over the next few months to see more of their work on the ground.’