More Special Constables join Northumbria

06 May 2016 09:50 AM

Specials attestation [View Full Size]

A new group of Special Constables have joined Northumbria this week.

Twenty-one Specials were sworn in at an attestation ceremony in North Tyneside on Thursday (May 5).

The new volunteer recruits were supported by friends and family at the ceremony which was also attended by Northumbria's Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best.

He said: "It's great to see that we have welcomed even more public spirited volunteers who are willing to give up their time to help their communities and the Northumbria Police force.

"They are an important part of our police family and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge from other walks of life.

"We know that our volunteers also gain a great deal from the time they spend with us both personally and professionally.  They acquire new skills including improved communication, decision making abilities and working as part of a team.  These skills are valued by employers and help people progress in their careers.

"Our Special Constables tell us volunteering gives them the opportunity to give something back to the community and to make a real difference."

Special Constables are trained volunteers who work alongside regular police officers.

They are based in area commands across the force and when fully trained they have all the same powers as a police officer when in uniform and on duty.

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