Commissioner congratulates Special Constables at ceremony
2:03pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson congratulated 19 new Special Constables at a swearing in ceremony on Saturday.
The volunteer officers, who when on duty have the same powers as regular police officers, attended the attestation event at Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes.
Mr Macpherson said: “This was a great event which I was delighted to attend. I was able to speak to most of the new recruits and thank them for giving up their free time and giving something back to our local communities.”
In his Police and Crime Plan, the Commissioner outlines that he wants to see a minimum of 300 active Special Constables across Wiltshire and Swindon, each attached to communities and contributing an average of at least 16 hours per month.
Mr Macpherson added: “While the swearing-in ceremony was taking place, elsewhere at HQ there was also training taking place for another group of would-be Special Constables.
“I am keen for people to take up this role to give something back to their community and as a way for the police to further develop its links with people across the force area.
"We still have more work to do to recruit more Specials and to retain them once fully trained, however seeing the latest group sworn in on Saturday is a good step in the right direction.”
Wiltshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Andy Tatam and Special Constabulary Chief Officer Richard Palusinski joined the new recruits’ friends and family at the ceremony.
Richard Palusinski said: “Special Constables play a vital role in the delivery of policing in our communities. We welcome applications from people who feel that they can contribute to their community in this way.”
There are currently about 236 Special Constables in Wiltshire, including the 19 new recruits. Recruitment for Special Constables is continuing. For more information, visit www.wiltshire.police.uk