Twenty-eight police forces from England and Wales will visit Northamptonshire Police Headquarters today (Tuesday, 26th January) to hear how the force and Police and Crime Commission have successfully grown Northamptonshire’s Special Constabulary to record levels.
The number of serving Special Constables in Northamptonshire has more than doubled since Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds made the growth of the Constabulary a priority on entering Office, with 355 joining the ranks since September 2012 to make a current total of 636, who contribute an average of 12,000 hours per month towards keeping Northamptonshire safe.
Northamptonshire now has the fourth biggest Special Constabulary in England and Wales and the largest ratio of Special Constables to regular officers of any force, and is expected to have a 900-strong Special Constabulary by May.
Following the successful growth of Northamptonshire’s volunteer force, senior policing figures from around the country will visit Wootton Hall to listen to presentations from the likes of PCC, Adam Simmonds; Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mike Maywood; and members of the project team on how the county have developed an innovative approach to integrating volunteers in to the policing model.
Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that the work we are doing in Northamptonshire with Special Constables is being recognised across the country to the point where so many forces want to come and hear about what we have done and want to learn from us in order to boost their own constabularies.
“We have worked hard to make becoming a Special Constable accessible to the public of Northamptonshire by streamlining the recruitment process and ensuring we are utilising peoples talents, so they can assist in a range of policing duties, from policing the streets to working in the criminal investigations department.
“Traditional policing models have to change in order for us to be as effective as possible in the modern era and Special Constables are a huge part of that. I’m proud that we are leading the way here in Northamptonshire and we will continue to strive to do so.”