Special Constables shine at Sunderland Airshow
28 Jul 2016 12:00 PM[View Full Size]
Special Constables from Northumbria Police were stars of the Sunderland Airshow - a huge event for the north east, with huge crowds flocking to the seafront at Roker and Seaburn to enjoy the fantastic displays that span three days.
Each year, the special constabularly turn out in force to offer their support and this year was no exception with 33 special constables on duty over the weekend.
And, this year the event was very special for one of our newest recruits - SC Rachel Baines carried out her first shift as a Special Constable at the airshow.
The briefing was to get involved and have fun and our specials did not disappoint with fantastic feedback from spectators, and colleagues in the regular police.
Silver Commander for the Sunderland Airshow was Superintendent Sarah Pitt.
She said: "Our special constables are incredibly important to us, the support they provide is absolutely invaluable and something we are really very grateful for. The Sunderland Airshow is a great event and one we look forward to each year, it's a great opportunity for officers to get involved with the community and join in the fun and I was really pleased we had so many of our special constabulary out enjoying the event too.
"The feedback we have had has been incredible and testamount to the fantastic work and professionalism of all those involved.
"It was also a very special event for one of our newer specials, Rachel, who carried out her first ever shift at the airshow - I heard she did incredibly well and was eager to get involved!"
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: "There is a lot of hard work involved to ensure events like the airshow run smoothly and safely and it’s a credit to all involved that this year was such a success.
"I know how much our officers value the support they receive from the special constabulary, who do a fantastic job engaging with the public – we are very thankful for all they do at events like this and on a day-to-day basis."
Earlier this year, Northumbria Police and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird hosted a Volunteers' Conference to recognise and inspire the work of Northumbria's Volunteers, including the special constabulary.
Attendees heard from a host of speakers including two guest speaks from North Yorkshire Police who play a key role in Citizens in Policing and Vera Baird, took part in 'PCC in conversation with the cadets' where she answered questions about how important volunteers are to support the work she is doing.
Chief Constable Steve Ashman also took to the stage and the winner of Northumbria Police's 2016 Pride in Policing Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, Special Constable Michael Scott, was presented with his award for his contribution to police - SC Scott has volunteered for the force's Special Constabulary for 30 years and last year clocked up a massive 1000 hours.
Guest speakers at the event included Mike Maiden, a volunteer Chief Officer from North Yorkshire Police, and Claire Craven-Griffiths, also from North Yorkshire, both of who play a key role in Citizens in Policing.
With responsibility for the volunteer portfolio Supt Pitt was also instrumental in the conference and the driving force behind its success.
She said: "I wanted us to be able to say thank you to our volunteers, they give up their own time for us and sometimes I think it can be easy for us to forget that. The Volunteers' Conference was a great opportunity for us to not just recognise the great work our volunteers do but also inspire them.
"The special constabulary is a huge part of our volunteering portfolio and we were really honoured to have Mike Maiden as a guest speaker and hope those specials who did come along found the event interesting."