Special Constables in action in Suffolk

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Special Constables in Suffolk have been taking part in vehicle checks and carrying out warrants over the weekend.

Suffolk Police has been showcasing the good work of its volunteer officers over yesterday and today (Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7) as it tries to recruit more to its ranks.

Officers have been carrying out warrants in Stowmarket and Ipswich areas today (Sunday) along with working with the Special Broads Patrol at Oulton Broad and visting community events such as the Wool Weekend at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford.

Yesterday they supported multi-agency checks at Portman Road car park in Ipswich and Lowestoft.

There are currently 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.

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.”Anyone 18 or older can volunteer and while some see it as a way to get a taste of police work before committing to a full-time career many more view it as an interesting and rewarding way to give something back to their local community.

Candidates need to be in good health and of good character.

Information evenings have been organised on the following dates:

- Tuesday, June 16, Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, Lowestoft

- Monday, August 10, – Cedars Hotel, Needham Road, Stowmarket

- Monday August 24, – Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath,

- Tuesday, September 1, Hatfield Hotel, The Esplanade,Lowestoft

- Monday, September 7 – Best Western Heath Court Hotel, Moulton Road, Newmarket

- Monday, November 9, – Cedars Hotel, Needham Road, Stowmarket

- Monday November 16, - Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath. IP5 3QS

- Tuesday, December 1 - LHatfield Hotel, The Esplanade, Hatfield

- Monday December 7,– Best Western Hotel, Moulton Road, Newmarket

For more information go to www.suffolk.police.uk or contact Special Constabulary Recruitment Officer Mick Mann on 01473 613638 or email mick.mann@suffolk.pnn.police.uk .