Special constables are racking up the hours with Bedfordshire’s 222 volunteer officers dedicating enough time to provide a level of service usually expected from an establishment of almost 400 specials.
Police and crime commissioner Olly Martins said: “Special constables undertake to spend a minimum of 16 hours a month policing but it is clear that in Bedfordshire our specials are delivering much more. This reflects a similar level of service, dedication and going the extra mile that we see from their regular, full-time counterparts. This is one of the things that enables us to keep the county safe even in straightened times and is a tremendous tribute to officers’ public spiritedness”.
“Our specials are a real embodiment of the principle espoused by the founder of modern British policing, Sir Robert Peel, in that ‘the police are the public and the public are the police’.
Plans to more than double the numbers of specials, who give their time freely to the job, to 500 by 2017 are on schedule.
More than 70 specials joined the force between January and November and targets to increase the number of specials to 322 by April 2015, 400 by April 2016 and 500 by April 2017 have been set.
The force is also being established as a centre of excellence for volunteer policing.
To find out more about being a special constable and to apply visit http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/about_us/careers/special_constables.aspx