Special Constabulary to lead operation to crack down on car crime

07 Dec 2017 09:00 AM

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A weekend of action is set to be run by a group of Special Constables as they look to crack down on car crime in the region.

More than a dozen Special Constables will be volunteering their own time this weekend as Northumbria Police run Operation Protect.

It will involve them stopping vehicles across Newcastle and Gateshead and checking them to make sure that they are road worthy, taxed, fully insured and MOT'd.

They will also be armed with a speed gun, a breathalyser and a drug testing kit as they look to take on the ‘Fatal Four’.

- Drink & Drug Driving
- Speeding
- Using a mobile phone while driving
- Not wearing a seat belt

It is the second year in a row that the operation has run and, although officers will join them on patrol, it will be fully led by the Special Constabulary.

Op Protect is just one of the initiatives being run this week in conjunction with International Volunteers Day that was held on Monday. It is also being run during Northumbria Police's Drink and Drug driving campaign.

T/Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt, the force's operational lead for volunteers, said the Special Constabulary were a valuable asset in keeping local communities safe.

She said: "The Special Constabulary play an important role in supporting our officers in their daily duties and I am really proud of the work they do.

"All of our specials volunteer their own time to keep our communities safe and many of them are at university or in full-time employment.

"It is through their desire to keep local people safe that they come into the station at a weekend and run an operation such as this one.

"Op Protect is aimed at taking illegal cars off the road whether that is because they are not safe or because they don't have the appropriate documentation.

"Many of these vehicles will also be linked to criminality and so when we uplift them we are disrupting criminal activity across the force.
“They will also be saving lives by tackling the ‘Fatal Four’ which are the four most common motoring offences that lead to fatal road collisions.

"I want to thank the Special Constabulary for the work they do here in Northumbria. They are a credit to themselves and to the people they serve."

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary should visit or follow @Northumbriapol on Twitter for news of upcoming open days for potential volunteers.