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Special constables put through their paces in weekend of intense training

PUBLISHED: 10:47 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 08 April 2018

Norfolk Constabulary special constables attending an intensive weekend of training. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary special constables attending an intensive weekend of training. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

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A pub brawl, domestic violence and a suspected drink driver crashing into a tree.

Norfolk Constabulary special constables attending an intensive weekend of training. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularyNorfolk Constabulary special constables attending an intensive weekend of training. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

These are just some of the scenarios special constables being put through their paces in an intensive training course had to deal with.

Last year, Norfolk’s Special Constables clocked up almost 60,000 hours on duty and attended more than 7,300 incidents.

Whether dealing with road traffic collisions, domestic disputes, missing persons or assisting with large scale events, the volunteers - who have many of the same powers as regular officers - play an integral part in the policing of Norfolk.

To help them in their role, on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 more than 40 new and existing volunteers got to take part in a training exercise dealing with a number of real life scenarios under the watchful eye of regular officers.

Norfolk Constabulary special constables who attended an intensive weekend of training. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularyNorfolk Constabulary special constables who attended an intensive weekend of training. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Pc John Holden, who was helping out over the weekend said: “It’s highly important because specials have the same powers as regular police officers, so it’s important we train them as much as possible.”

Kerry Harman, a roads policing officer and former special herself, added: “It’s a really good tool. It’s brilliant, it’s involved and it gives a good insight into what they can expect when they’re out on the street.”

Complete with a control room and a mock custody suite, the seven scenarios volunteers faced were based on real incidents and designed to boost confidence.

Vasilica Sermesam, who has been a special constable since November, said: “I really wanted to become a police officer when I was younger.

“The training is really interesting. It’s hands on and it’s tough but at the same time you feel protected.”

Specials manager Sue Goode said: “The feedback we have had from the officers who took part in previous exercises has been excellent. The event really encourages the students to think about how they would tackle a range of scenarios.

“We have a highly professional Special Constabulary which makes a considerable contribution to the operational side of policing.”

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary or finding out more about the role should visit www.norfolk.police.uk

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