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Rural 'specials' wanted
Hertfordshire Constabulary is looking for people, living in rural communities, who want to become special constables. They say the demands on the police service are increasing and special constables are needed to help local officers provide an essential service to the community.
Special constables are unpaid but are reimbursed for all expenses incurred in carrying out their duties. All uniform is provided free of charge, as are uniform cleaning vouchers.
Those interested in signing up - application form - will be trained to perform routine patrols, deal with public order situations, carry out observations, enforce traffic legislation and record details at the scene of a crime.
Special constable are deployed in the front line of policing and wear essentially the same uniform as a regular officer and have the full powers of a police constable which are enforceable within Hertfordshire and the surrounding police forces.
According to Hertfordshire Police, the neighbourhood special constable is a key member of the team, working to build confidence and trust between the public and the police.
They are expected to develop an expert knowledge of the area, the local community and its problems. The minimum commitment as a special constable is 16 hours per month.
Full details of the role of special constables, conditions of service and how to apply are set out on the Hertfordshire Constabulary website in the section about special constables.