20th Jan, 2019

Dedication of Specials praised by West Mercia Crime Commissioner

Ross Crawford 25th Feb, 2018

THE West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has commended West Mercia Special Constabulary for their hard work and dedication in serving the public.

The force in Redditch has 30 Specials in its ranks, ranging in rank from Special Constable to Special Chief Inspector.

Across the Force 394 officers currently dedicate their own time to the Special Constabulary, with more volunteers undergoing training.

Since April 2017, the Special Constabulary have worked around 60,000 hours – nearly seven years collective service in just nine months.

PCC John Campion, who is also the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Deputy Lead on Citizens in Policing said: “Our communities have an important part to play as citizens contributing to keeping each other safe.

“I’m extremely grateful to those who volunteer their time in the Special Constabulary and it’s important they get the reward and recognition they deserve.”

West Mercia Chief Superintendent Charles Hill said: “The dedication and selflessness of these officers cannot be underestimated.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Special Constable for their precious free time utilised for the betterment of their communities and for their sense of duty protecting people from harm.

“The non-police experiences they bring to the role and to the service are a valuable resource that cannot be undervalued and people living across the counties of West Mercia are safer as a result of their individual contributions.”

In neighbouring Studley and Alcester Warwickshire Police has some 95 Specials operating across the entire South Warwickshire region.

For more information on the Special Constabulary visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/specialconstables .

The PCC’s office have produced a video, celebrating the work of the specials which can be found on YouTube.

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