Over 400 hours clocked up by police volunteers over Special Constabulary weekend

Police Specials contributed over 400 hours last weekend
Police Specials contributed over 400 hours last weekend

More than 70 volunteer police officers have donated their time to policing in Suffolk in a weekend of action held by Suffolk’s Special Constabulary.

As part of the National Specials Weekend, pro-active work was carried out across the county from Friday 5 June to Sunday 7 June, and saw the deployment of the volunteer team to a range of policing activities.

On Friday evening the newly formed Specials Warrants Team carried out a warrant in Ipswich and arrested an individual for possession of cannabis.

On Saturday the Retail Crime Team visited local shops and businesses in Bury St Edmunds providing an additional presence in the town during busy Saturday shopping.

Multi agency checks were held at Portman Road in Ipswich and Belvedere Road in Lowestoft with HMRC and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to check vehicle defects and possible illegal activity.

Over 60 vehicles were stopped across the two sites with 29 Traffic Offence Reports being issued for offences including no insurance, mobile phone use and not wearing seat belts. In Ipswich four vehicles were seized and five drivers were stopped for exceeding the speed limit in a 30mph area.

Special Constabulary officers from the Rural Crime Team carried out public engagements on Saturday and Sunday, meeting members of the public and providing rural and general crime reduction advice in areas including Long Melford, Sudbury and Thorington. They also patrolled local areas, farms, businesses, villages and churches.

In total, the various teams clocked up over 400 hours of duty time and more than 70 volunteers took part. The aim of the weekend was to respond to community issues and concerns, whilst also raising the profile of these valued policing team members.

Special Deputy Chief Officer Dean Knight said: “I’m extremely pleased with the work undertaken by our Special Constabulary over the weekend, which was a great way to showcase the fantastic impact they have.

“These members of staff give up their time to help tackle local issues and to work towards keeping the county safe by joining with regular police teams and contributing to their work. This work is often carried out alongside an additional ‘day job’.

“They are an invaluable part of the policing family and I would like to thank all those who took part.”

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner said, “ I am a great supporter of the fantastic work that our Specials carry out across the county every day; they are an integral part of the Constabulary family and we are very grateful for the fantastic support they provide across a wide breadth of operational work.

“Suffolk has an excellent track record for looking after each other and that’s what is so special about our county – our sense of community and place, when people are in need we find ways of helping each other. I would like to thank all the many Specials who give their time so generously to support the work of the Constabulary and encourage anyone who wants to become a Special Police Officer to get in touch.”

Suffolk Constabulary continues to work to recruit additional volunteers.

At the moment around 250 individuals, from a variety of different backgrounds, regularly volunteer for a few hours each month to support regular full-time police officers in the county.

Anyone 18 or older can volunteer. You can make a real difference in the fight against crime and will take part in a range of duties. You will also get the opportunity to make new friends and gain new skills.

You need to be in good health and of good character, but beyond this your life experience is as valuable as any paper qualification. Anyone who is interested can attend one of our forthcoming information evenings – full details are available on the Constabulary website www.suffolk.police.ukor contact Special Constabulary Recruitment Officer Mick Mann on 01473 613638 or email mick.mann@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.