Northamptonshire Special Constabulary passes 500 mark

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County now has the largest ratio of Special Constables to regular officers of any police force in England and Wales

  • Northamptonshire Police now boasts a total of 502 Special Constables
  • The Special Constabulary increases the number of officers in the force by 40%
  • Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds is aiming to recruit 900 Special Constables by May 2016

Northamptonshire Police are celebrating after reaching a landmark 500 Special Constables, having added over 150 new officers in the past year.

The total means Northamptonshire Police has the largest ratio of Special Constables to regular officers anywhere in England and Wales, and the fifth highest total number of Special Constables of any police force, adding huge capacity to their regular, full-time officers.

The county’s police force is now made-up of 1,731 officers, of which nearly a third are volunteer, Special Constables who have the same powers as their paid equivalents.

Northamptonshire Police’s Special Constabulary consists of 502 uniformed officers, who contribute an average of 24 hours per month each. Having completed 110,000 hours of duty in 2014 – equivalent to 60 full-time officers – Special Constables are expected to give 125,000 hours in 2015 to helping Northamptonshire become the safest place in England.

The volunteer force has made over 500 arrests and recorded nearly 1,000 crimes so far this year, working across various different police departments. And with hundreds of applications being received every month from people looking to join the ranks, the constabulary is expected to continue to grow at pace.

Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Northamptonshire Police for passing this landmark of 500 Special Constables, and a huge thank you to the 502 Special Constables who give their time up for free for the benefit of their communities.

“When I began my term as Police and Crime Commissioner for the county, I set the ambitious target of recruiting and training 900 special constables in order to help make Northamptonshire the safest place in England, and passing the 500 mark is a significant milestone in our journey towards that goal.

“I am committed to helping Chief Constable Simon Edens and Northamptonshire Police create a workforce that can deliver to the expectations of our residents, and having over 500 Special Constables on board is helping us considerably to achieve that.”

Simon Edens, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:

“We are here to protect communities and keep people safe and I therefore pay tribute to those Special Constables who have volunteered to protect and serve their communities in this way.

“As Chief Constable, I will do my very best to make them an integrated part of how we police Northamptonshire in the future.”

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Notes to editors

Northamptonshire Special Constabulary fact file

  • Longest serving officer: 28 years, 10 months
  • Oldest serving officer: 68 years-old
  • Youngest serving officer: 18 years-old
  • Special Constables currently serve in the following departments: Local Response Team (LRT), Safer Community Team (SCT), Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Safer Roads Team (SRT) and the Prisoner Investigation Unit (PIU)
  • Outside of duty, jobs held by Special Constables include: Accountants, Builders, Architects, Joiners, Marketers, Nurses, Scout/Guide leaders and many, many more
  • Languages spoken by Special Constables include: German, Polish, Spanish, Urdu, Swahili, Tagalog and British sign language

About Special Constables

  • Special Constables, or ‘Specials’, as they are widely known, are part-time, voluntary police officers with all the same powers as full-time, regular police officers
  • There are two types of Specials: Parish Special Constables, who are dedicated to policing a specific community of their choosing, and General Duties Special Constables, who work on varied general policing activities across the county.
  • The recruitment process to become a Special Constable in Northamptonshire is the most streamlined of any police force in the country. Upon passing the application process and training, applicants will become fully warranted officers, and further training continues while completing duty hours
  • Anyone interested in becoming a Special Constable can visit www.northantspolicespecials.co.uk or email SpecialsRecruitment@northants.police.uk. The Special Constabulary has its own Twitter account, which can be followed at Twitter.com/NorPolSpecials or by searching @NorPolSpecials