Twenty-eight police forces to visit Northamptonshire to learn how the county has revolutionised its Special Constabulary

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.”

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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