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Volunteer Special Constables have a very important part to play in the policing of our communities.
When on duty they have the same powers as regular police officers.
In my Police and Crime Plan I set an objective to encourage the active participation of the public by increasing the value and engagement of Specials across Wiltshire and Swindon. Specials work within the community and contributing an average of at least 16 hours per month.
Becoming a Special has been seen as a route to becoming a regular police officer. But I am very keen to encourage Specials to stay as Specials.
Specials have tended to be deployed to help with the policing of the night time economy. This is important work. However I would like to see them contributing much more to front line policing in neighbourhoods.
I am encouraging the Constabulary to review the opportunities for the deployment of Specials and then to recruit to meet the identified needs.
Find out more about joining our Special Constabulary.