10/03/2016

Special Rookies Sworn In at Ceremony

Cleveland Police welcomes a very special new cohort this month, when fourteen new Special Constables join the Force.

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The rookies, consisting of seven men and seven women, attended an attestation ceremony on Wednesday 9th March during which they were officially sworn in as Cleveland Special Constables. The officers will become fully operational by the end of the month, following a six month training programme.

The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. 'Specials', as these constables are often known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants, electricians or any number of other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force.

Specials play a key role in local policing and have the same powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest. However, the role of Specials can also extend into more complex areas of policing.

Cleveland Police’s Special Constabulary Chief Officer David Robinson said: "I am incredibly proud of these 14 individuals who have already sacrificed so much of their time to train to a high level to be able to deploy safely in the communities of Cleveland. Over the coming months these officers will be on the frontline, putting their newly acquired skills into practice. Being a Special Constable is an incredibly challenging role but one which is tremendously rewarding.

“We have many officers, new recruits and those who are more experienced, who all want to give something back to the community.

“It therefore makes sense to deploy them wherever they can offer valuable support to regular officers as well as provide a reassuring presence to residents and visitors.”

Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal added: “Special constables form an important link between regular officers and our communities.  They also play a vital role in keeping our neighbourhoods safe with the experience and skills they offer complementing those of our regular officers.  I hope people will come and speak to our Specials if they see them out and about, and find out more about their role.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “It is great news that fourteen Special Constables have joined the force.  These highly dedicated specials play a vital role in protecting our community and work alongside many different policing teams and partner organisations to keep our neighbourhoods safe.”