MP calls for more people to join Special Constabulary.

Amanda Milling calls on local constituents to sign up as a Special Constable.

The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. 'Specials', as they are often referred to, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants, secretaries, or any number of other careers.  They all volunteer for a minimum of four hours per week, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community.

Having completed their training, Special Constables have the same powers as regular officers and wear a similar uniform. Special Constables undertake a myriad of policing activities as they work alongside regular Police officers and staff, helping keep communities safe and reassured. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving police forces across the UK, and in Staffordshire and in Stoke-on-Trent there are around 250 Special Constables.

Amanda Milling MP said: “Joining the Specials opens up a world of opportunity for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing the training and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and a new challenge every day. By signing up to be a Special you also become part of the local Police force that help keep our local communities safe, fight crime and protect the public.“

County Councillor Bryan Jones, who is a former Police Officer, said: “I can say from experience that Special Constables make a huge contribution to the local police force. The duties carried out by a Special Constable are essentially the same as those carried out by any regular Police Officer and the training they receive equips them with great with transferable skills. If you want to help support the police in your area, joining the Special Constabulary is a great way to do it.”

For more information about the Special Constabulary, please visit www.staffsspecials.org. Anyone wishing to register their interest can do so at www.staffordshire.police.uk/joinspecials.