Volunteer specials clock up more than 75,000 hours supporting police in Norfolk

Malcolm Pearson, chief officer of Norfolk Police's special constables.

Malcolm Pearson, chief officer of Norfolk Police's special constables. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's Specials are preparing to take part in an intensive training event near Dereham this weekend as figures reveal the volunteer officers clocked up more than 75,800 hours on duty over the last 12 months.

The two-day course will take place at Lenwade House Hotel, Lenwade on Saturday and Sunday, with issues including domestic violence, drink driving, custody, public order and 'stop and account' being tackled.

Between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 Specials carried out 11,242 duties and completed 75,814 hours on duty.

Norfolk Constabulary's Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who is attending the event, said: 'Special constables carry out a crucial role in supporting the work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to the community.

'I am looking forward to witnessing the hard work and commitment our Specials continue to show. They are a credit to the county they serve.'

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In the last 12 months Specials carried out 426 stop/searches, 185 drug seizures and attended 9,842 incidents.

The purpose of this weekend's event is to build the confidence of new recruits and give an opportunity to the more experienced officers to refresh their knowledge.

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Special chief officer Malcolm Pearson MBE said: 'Being a Special is a very rewarding, fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.

'Norfolk is always on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.'

The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body which helps the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community. Their roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events.

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary can visit www.norfolk.police.uk or for an informal chat about the role call 01953 425699 ext: 2371.

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