Specials play their part in crime fight

Special constables taking part in National Specials Weekend in East Northamptonshire
Special constables taking part in National Specials Weekend in East Northamptonshire

Special constables took to the streets of east Northamptonshire to highlight the part they play in the force’s fight against crime.

The event was held last weekend to coincide with National Specials Weekend, an annual event designed to help highlight the role special constables do in their communities and allow these officers to demonstrate their skills and commitment to policing.

In Northamptonshire, the event took place across East Northamptonshire from 6pm on Friday until 4pm on Sunday.

About 90 specials from across the county took over all response and operational policing activities for the weekend.

During the 46-hour period, specials dealt with a number of incidents including drugs offences, a sexual assault, road traffic collisions, broken down vehicles, unsecured properties and burglary.

The team also conducted a number of stop and searches and executed warrants.

Three men were arrested for possession of a class A drug, a 25-year-old and 22-year-old - both from Higham Ferrers - and a 46-year-old from Rushden.

The arrests were made as part of the drugs dog operation at licensed premises across East Northamptonshire.

All three received a caution.

A 24-year-old woman from Rushden was also arrested and charged with possession of a class A drug.

She is due to appear before magistrates’ in May.

A cannabis warning was also issued.

Two further arrests were made as a result of warrants and one wanted person was detained.

One motorist was reported for speeding and another for driving with no insurance.

Mike Maywood, chief officer for Northamptonshire Special Constabulary, said: “It was a fantastic weekend, well supported by all the specials taking part.

“It is important specials are given these opportunities to demonstrate their abilities.

“It is also an excellent training opportunity for newer offices - demonstrated by two specials making their first arrests, one in Irthlingborough and one in Wellingborough.”

During the weekend special constables took part in 125 shifts, covering more than 1,166 hours.

Northamptonshire Police is currently looking to recruit more specials.

Special constables are required to perform 200 hours of duty each year, which works out at about four hours work per week.

Anyone who is willing to give their time and energy is welcome to apply to be a special and they come from all different backgrounds and walks of life.

The basic requirements for being a special are you must either be a national of a country within the European Economic Area or, if not, have leave to remain in the UK free of restrictions.

You must be at least 18 when applying.

You should be in good health, of good character, and able to speak and write English competently.

While specials are not paid for their time, the uniform is provided free of charge and you will be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses.

The Special Constabulary gives you an insight into what a career as a police officer might be like.

However, recruitment requirements for regular police officers are different, and being a special is no guarantee that you will meet the requirements for becoming a regular officer.

For more information visit www.northants.police.uk/specials.