Police commissioner swears in 19 ‘specials’
8:00am Thursday 12th 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, attended the event at Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes.
Mr Macpherson said: “I was able to speak to most of the new recruits and thank them for giving up free time and giving something back to our local communities.”
In his Police and Crime Plan, the commissioner says he wants a minimum of 300 special constables across Wiltshire and Swindon, each contributing an average of at least 16 hours a month. While the swearing-in ceremony was taking place, another group of specials were being trained in the same building.
The commissioner added: “We still have more work to do to recruit specials and to retain them once they are fully trained.”
There are currently 236 specials in Wiltshire and recruitment is continuing. For details visit http://www.wiltshire.police.uk
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