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New film launched to encourage more volunteers to join Hertfordshire's Special Constabulary
A short film has been launched to showcase the exciting role of a Special Constable in the hope it will encourage more people to volunteer with Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary.
 
The Constabulary currently has a 290 strong team of volunteer police officers who play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Hertfordshire safe.
 
The film features three serving Special Constables and highlights the diversity of roles on offer. This includes working with the Constabulary’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams; responding to 999 emergency calls alongside our ‘Intervention’ teams; and supporting and policing rural communities as a Rural Special Constable.
 
The film will be shared via the Commissioner’s and the Constabulary’s social media channels and is hosted on the dedicated recruitment website – www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk
 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “Special Constables are an integral part of the wider policing family, playing a vital role in strengthening local policing teams across the county.
“They provide a visible and reassuring presence and are highly valued by the teams they work alongside.  In my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan I highlight how organisations and businesses can play their part in supporting their staff to become Special Constables as part of Employer Supported Policing.
“A number of businesses are signed up and actively seeing the benefits of supporting their employees by allowing the leave, either paid or unpaid, to carry out their Special Constable duties.” 

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “The opportunities open to our Special Constables are diverse and these are just some of the specialist roles we offer. The role of a Special is a volunteer opportunity like no other. You will be working shoulder to shoulder with our regular officers, with the same police powers and uniform, and finding yourself dealing with situations you’ll never be exposed to in your day to day life.
 
“Our Special Constables are rightly proud of the work they do and say they benefit hugely from the skills and experience they gain on their shifts.  And of course the Constabulary, and residents of Hertfordshire, benefit hugely from the life experiences they bring and from the time they give.
 
“To anyone who may interested, I’d say to find out more. It does require a time commitment of 16 hours per month and an intense 12 week training course, but the rewards are endless.”
 
Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew said:  “In 2018, our Special Constables delivered 71,614 hours of policing, conducted 364 arrests and assisted with a further 602 arrests, and conducted 122 drug seizures and 138 vehicle seizures.
 
“The numbers of officers and the hours they volunteer has increased by 15 per cent in the past year, which bucks the national trend where there has been a significant fall in officers. I’m extremely proud of the team, their dedication to policing and their commitment to keeping our county safe.
 
“It is an incredibly rewarding volunteering opportunity and if you’re interested in joining, we have an excellent recruitment team to guide you through the process.”
 
If you would like more information on becoming a Special Constable, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk and click on ‘apply online’ or browse the pages to find out more.

 
Dan, an ‘Intervention Team’ Special Constable who features in the film and has over five years’ service, said: “To be able to work side by side with the full time officers and feel like you are a part of their team is a great feeling, especially when we are all able to make a difference and have a real impact to local policing.
 
“Policing has allowed me to improve my communication and conflict management skills to name just a couple. These have helped me deal with difficult situations in my full time job, and I’m confident that I would not have been able to handle them anywhere near as well as I did if it had not been for the training and experience I’ve gained whilst being a Special.”