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09:02 13 April 2015 David Bale 1 1 Norfolk s Specials take part in a intensive training event at the National Construction College. Picture: Matthew Usher. Archant Norfolk 2015 Norfolk s Specials have been put through their paces at an annual two-day training event, which is held to build the confidence of new recruits and refresh experienced officers knowledge of the role.

Share link Force factfile The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community. Members roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. Special Constables provide a vital link in the partnership between the police service and the public.

Norfolk s Specials clocked up more than 80,000 hours on duty in the last 12 months. Between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 Specials carried out a total of 12,688 duties and completed 81,484 hours. In the last 12 months Specials also carried out 530 stop/searches, 366 licensing checks and 149 drug seizures.

Each year Norfolk Constabulary takes on between 60 and 70 Specials. There are 230 Specials in Norfolk. Specials from across the county attended the course at the National Construction College, Bircham Newton, near King s Lynn, at the weekend.

The volunteer officers were tasked with tackling a range of scenarios involving domestic violence, drink-driving, burglary, public order, theft and custody. Special chief officer Malcolm Pearson said the annual event had been running across the county for about 12 years. He added: Specials have the same powers as regular officers, but we don t replace them we support them.

Norfolk s Specials take part in a intensive training event at the National Construction College. Picture: Matthew Usher. We police football matches, look after the Queen at Sandringham, and work with traffic officers.

There are two types of people who join the Specials those looking for a way in to become regular officers, and those whose work/life balance allows them more time to help the community, and who are more mature Specials. Being a Special is a very rewarding, fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same. Michelle Cassidy, 38, Charlotte Trett, 20, and Callum Smith, 25, are all Specials in Great Yarmouth.

Miss Trett, who also works at Norwich railway station but still clocked up 100 hours as a Special last month, said: We work Sundays on the Yarmouth seafront, and have had an impact there on anti-social behaviour. Mr Smith, a massage therapist, added: This is the best thing I ve done. Ms Cassidy, a healthcare assistant at Gorleston s James Paget University Hospital, added that she always wanted to be an officer.

The county s deputy chief constable, Charlie Hall, said: Special constables carry out a crucial role in supporting the work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to the community. Interested in being a Special, visit www.norfolk.police.uk or call 01953 425699, ex2371. What s the highlight of your career as a Special?

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Specials gear up for training

7 April 2015 Norfolk’s Specials are preparing to take part in an intensive training event this weekend as figures reveal the volunteer officers clocked up more than 80,000 hours on duty over the last 12 months. The two-day course is set to take place at the National Construction College, Bircham Newton near King’s Lynn, with issues including domestic violence, drink driving, burglary, public order, ‘stop and account’ and ‘theft and custody’ being tackled. Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 Specials carried out a total of 12,688 duties and completed 81,484 hours.

Norfolk Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who is attending the event, said Specials played an integral part in the policing of Norfolk. “Special constables carry out a crucial role in supporting the work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to the community,” he said. “I am very much looking forward to attending the event and witnessing first-hand the hard work and commitment our Specials continue to show, they are a true credit to the county they serve.” In the last 12 months Specials also carried out 530 stop/searches, 366 licensing checks and 149 drug seizures. The purpose of the 11th/12th April event is to build the confidence of new recruits as they begin their duties and give an opportunity to the more experienced officers to refresh their knowledge of the role. Specials Manager, Sue Goode, said: “The feedback we have had from Specials who took part in previous exercises has been excellent.

The event really encourages Specials to think about how they would tackle a range of scenarios. “We have a highly professional Special Constabulary which makes a considerable contribution to the operational side of policing.” Special Chief Officer Malcolm Pearson MBE, added: “Being a Special is a very rewarding, fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same. “Norfolk is always on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.” Stephen Bett Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) added: “The Specials are highly committed individuals giving freely of their time, skills and experience to make a difference in our county. They are, and will continue to be, a highly valued part of Norfolk s policing service. The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community.

Their roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events.

Special Constables provide a vital link in the partnership between the police service and the public.

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary can visit our website at www.norfolk.police.uk or for an informal chat about the role telephone 01953 425699 ex2371.