Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, will patrol the streets of Northamptonshire with members of the county’s Special Constabulary this evening in support of National Specials Weekend, which starts today (3rd June).
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Frost will join Commissioner Mold on patrol as part of the initiative, which is organised to promote the work of Special Constables in local communities and will see over 70 Specials deployed across the County to undertake policing activities relevant to local needs.
Northamptonshire Police boasts the largest Special Constabulary per head of population in the country, with more than 700 volunteer officers complementing the full-time force. Last year alone, Specials carried out more than 138, 716 hours of duty in the county.
As part of National Specials Weekend, Special Constables will be on duty across a number of events, including
- Saturday 4, June, 11am to 2pm holding an Asian Gold Surgery at 84A Albert Road, Wellingborough;
- Saturday 4, June, 11.30am to 5.30pm at the Rotary Family Fun Day, Bassetts Close Park, Wellingborough;
- Saturday 4, June and Sunday 5, June, 9am to 5pm at Earls Barton Festival of Transport, Whites Nursery, Earls Barton; and
- Sunday 5, June, 8am to 6pm at the Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod, Wellingborough.
Special Constables play a key role in local policing and have the same powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest. The volunteers often support regular officers by going out on patrol and engaging with the community. However, the role of Specials can also extend into more complex areas of policing. This weekend, Northamptonshire Specials will be responding to emergency incidents, running a drink drive operation to reduce alcohol-related crime and carrying out local patrols.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said:
“Special Constables play a huge role in policing and are an integral part of the policing family volunteering their time to help make our communities safer.
“Northamptonshire is a national leader when it comes to Specials and I look forward to being out with some of them this weekend to show my support.”
Chief Officer Mike Maywood, of the county’s Special Constabulary, added:
“The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. They have the same powers as regular officers, and are an invaluable policing asset in keeping communities safe.
“Specials come from all walks of life – they are teachers, doctors, taxi drivers, business men/women and secretaries, or any number of other careers – and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular police and the local community.
“National Special Weekend is an excellent opportunity for our dedicated Specials to showcase the excellent work they do across the county. Our skilled Specials will be focusing on local concerns in the community.”