Thin blue line needs ‘special’ recruits

A PLAN has been rubberstamped to increase the number of volunteer cops helping to make the streets of the Dispatch district safe.

Nottinghamshire Police has approved moves to bolster the ranks of ‘specials’ by 230 by 2014.

Already Hucknall benefits from the role played by ’specials’.

They are an integral part of policing operations in the town centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

But the new moves will see the number used by the force increase from the current 320 to 550.

‘Specials’ will be aligned with neighbourhood policing teams with the aim of reducing local crime, tackling anti-social behaviour, increasing public confidence in the police and supporting regular officers in their duties.

Supt Paul Anderson, the force’s lead officer for the Special Constabulary, said: “Specials have provided valuable support o the regular service for many years.

“The high levels of dedication and professionalism of our officers who are, after all, volunteers, have always made them a highly-sought resource to maintain and improve our performance.

“Despite the challenges posed by the current financial landscape, our commitment to keep the people of Nottinghamshire safe is undiminished and our special constables play an important role in our work to achieve this.”

The first in a number of recruitment events for ‘specials is at Ollerton Town Hall a week tomorrow (Saturday August 20) between 10 am to 12 midday. Anyone is welcome..