University of Sunderland students invited to join the Special Constabulary

27 Sep 2016 13:00 PM

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Northumbria Police is inviting University of Sunderland students to use their super powers and join the Special Constabulary.

The Special Constabulary  is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support local police, they have the same powers as police officers, wear the same uniform and deal with the same type of incidents.

The skills, attributes and experience gained by being a special constable is desirable to any future career or profession - whether it's a career in policing or not.

Students will get the chance to gain valuable experience that can be used on a CV, develop communication and problem solving skills and have an opportunity to contribute to the local community.

And, PC David Heron, along with two current special constables,  will be on hand tomorrow at the Freshers Fair where they will be able to answer any questions or queries students may have about joining the Special Constabulary.

PC Heron said: "Joining the Special Constabulary opens up a world of opportunity for both personal and professional development for people.

"Volunteers come from all walks of life with a range of backgrounds; it could be the perfect opportunity for new and returning students to gain experiences that will help them when they graduate. Not only that, the role could make a welcome break from studying, and being in the lecture theatre.

"On completion of training, special constables have the same powers as police officers and are issued with the same protective equipment so they can carry out the role to its full - whether that's going on patrol, arresting a burglar or dealing with youth disorder.

"Even if students aren't interested in a future career in policing the benefits of joining the special constabulary are endless and helps us to form a vital link between regular police and our student communities."

To find out more visit PC Heron at the Freshers Fair in the City Space Building from 9.30am tomorrow (Wednesday, September 27).

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