The significant contribution that the Special Constabulary makes across Warwickshire has been underlined by new statistics released by Warwickshire Police, which show that the 200 voluntary constables have worked some 36,000 hours between April 2017 and last month. To put that into some perspective, that is nearly four years’ collective service in the space of just nine months.
I’m delighted to see the hard word and dedication that our Special Constabulary is able to deliver to communities across Warwickshire. I know from my own involvement with the Army Reserve how valuable the voluntary ethos can be, so the growth of the Special Constabulary in this way is something I very much welcome and want to encourage further. It helps bring in a different mix of skills and experience, while at the same time allowing the volunteers to give something back to their community.
The additional opportunities now being offered to work in more specialised areas of policing is also helping to bring in the kind of expertise from industry that can help to address the changing nature of crime.
It’s clear we have a very good core of dedicated volunteers in our Special Constabulary and I hope to continue to see it grow to supplement the excellent work being carried out by our regular police officers, PCSOs and police staff.
Philip Seccombe TD
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner