Specials work 589 hours over the bank holiday
Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary completed a total of 589 hours on duty over the bank holiday weekend.

Between Friday 8 and Sunday 10 May, the officers provided key support across the county, helping to tackle crime and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A Special Constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer with all the same powers as regular police officers. Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. In return, they receive first class training, support and the uniform and equipment to carry out the role.

During a typical weekend, Hertfordshire’s Specials contribute around 200 hours of policing.

Across the bank holiday weekend, the Specials conducted high visibility foot and cycle patrols, ensuring that the public were adhering to social distancing. In Welwyn Hatfield, incidents they dealt with included locating an elderly person who was missing and reports of criminal damage where they arrested and charged a man. In Dacorum, officers seized a vehicle that had no insurance and dealt with a male who was seen writing graffiti on a wall.

The county’s rural Specials were also out on patrol following reports of stolen fishing rights and they found two fishing rods, suspected to have been left behind by offenders. They are continuing to patrol the area and deal with the issue.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: "We need the whole community to pull together in a crisis, and nothing epitomises this spirit more than the Special Constabulary. These men and women with normal every day jobs, put in the extra hours to give back to society and keep us all safe.

"I would like to thank each and every one of them for their exceptional sacrifice during this difficult times.  Many have been volunteering for extra shifts for the past few months, and I am also grateful for their employers who have be willing to give them more time to carry out their duties."

Assistant Chief Constable Nathan Briant, who is leading the Constabulary’s response to COVID-19, said: "Our Special Constabulary provides excellent support all year round and are a vital asset in helping to keep the residents of Hertfordshire safe. Their dedication over the bank holiday weekend was certainly impressive and I would like to congratulate them on their hard work.

"This is a challenging time for us all and the fact that we could rely on them to provide nearly three times the amount of usual support is fantastic. I would like to thank every single one of them who gave up their time to help keep Hertfordshire safe. I would also like to thank the many employers who have temporarily released our officers from their day jobs to assist on the front line. The sacrifice is truly appreciated by all of us at Hertfordshire Constabulary."

You can find more information about Special Constables and the requirements of being one by visiting the FAQ on our website. If you’re interested in becoming a Special Constable, please visit hertspolicespecials.co.uk.