Police looking for special recruits

POLICE in Felixstowe are looking for some special people to increase their force.Extra numbers are needed in the ranks of the Special Constables after several left to join to full time service.

POLICE in Felixstowe are looking for some special people to increase their force.

Extra numbers are needed in the ranks of the Special Constables after several left to join to full time service.

"We are very pleased that a number have enjoyed it so much that they have now joined Suffolk Constabulary – they were excellent Special Constables and it is a credit to their dedication and determination that they now want a full time career with the police, said Felixstowe sector commander, Insp Andy Bushell.

"It means though that we have to find replacements and I am sure there are people within our community who could do an excellent job and would welcome the opportunity."


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On Monday February 3, from 7.30pm, a special evening is being held at the police station in High Road West for people to find out more the role of the Specials and talk to some serving officers.

The Specials are part-time volunteers who come from all walks of life and often have full-time jobs and families to care for, but still find time to dedicate a minimum eight hours a month to help make the community safer.

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At Felixstowe, the Specials – led by sector officer Garry Smith – run their own operations as well as supporting uniformed colleagues and CID.

They don't just end up policing the traffic at the town's carnival, and been involved in a wide range of work, including responding to incidents and also surveillance work.

"When you come on duty, you don't know with what you're going to get involved," said Mr Smith.

"We have very good back-up from the regular colleagues and the relationship down here is very good with them. We work as a team, you get a buzz out of doing it."

There are around 370 Special Constables in Suffolk. Candidates must be aged 18 and a half to 50, must be of good health and of good character. They wear the same uniforms as regular officers, get regular training and have the same arresting powers. Only out of pocket expenses are paid.

Special Constabulary area officer Paul Goldsmith said the evening was designed to give a flavour of what the role is all about.

"Being a Special can be both exciting and rewarding. We explain what is involved and there's the chance to have an informal chat with existing Specials over refreshments," he said.

Further information is available from the Specials Hotline 01473 613640.

WEBLINK: www.suffolk.police.uk

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