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Specials urged to get in quick
6:27pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
DURHAM Police are urging would-be special constables to get their applications in before the deadline.
Friday ( October 12) is the last day for applications to the force’s team of part-time, volunteer officers who do much the same work as their uniformed colleagues.
Special Constables must do at least 16 hours service a month.
Over a three-month period earlier this year Durham’s 80 Special Constables contributed over 4,800 volunteer hours, with more than 20,000 hours recorded throughout the 2012/13 f. They arrested 95 suspected offenders, attended 121 domestic incidents in which they provided support to victims and took positive action against offenders, dealt with the search and location of 13 missing people, attended 232 anti-social behaviour.
Specials serving with the roads policing unit attended 44 road traffic collisions, ranging from minor damage only incidents to serious and fatal crashes.
Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “These men and women dedicate their free time, on top of their regular jobs, to help keep our communities safe. “I can think of no more clear and obvious way that a member of the public can show their commitment to community safety and crime reduction than voluntarily donning a police uniform and working alongside the professional officers and staff within our police force.”
The application form can be downloaded on the force website www.durham.police.uk under the “Joining Us” section.
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