Appeal for more volunteer police officers in Lichfield

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A drive to recruit more volunteer police officers is being launched in Lichfield.

City based police are looking to swell the ranks of Special Constables who give up their spare time to work alongside regular officers on crime busting operations.

The latest recruitment drive gets underway this weekend (11/12 July) when Special Constables will be taking part in the Lichfield Mediaeval Market and the city police station’s open day.

The mediaeval market is being staged on Saturday (11 July) around Lichfield’s ancient cathedral. Police ‘Specials’ will be staffing their mobile police station in nearby Dam Street.

The following day (Sunday 12 July), Specials will be at the Lichfield police station ‘open day’ which held at the Frog Lane station between 11am and 4pm.

Would be recruits will be able to chat to a serving Special – one of Staffordshire’s 350-strong Special Constabulary – who will give future volunteers a personal insight into life in uniform.

Divisional Officer Syd Ambrose said:

“Working as a Special can offer a range of rewarding and fulfilling opportunities and a chance for people to put something back into their communities. In return for the training and support we offer, Special Constables bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles.

“We are also asking employers to support the recruitment drive. Having Specials on the staff can be a real asset because many of the leadership and community skills they are taught in their voluntary role are invaluable in the workplace.”

Chief Superintendent Mick Harrison, Commander of Trent Valley Division added:

“Specials make a superb contribution to public reassurance and community policing across the division. Individuals never cease to amaze me with their level of commitment and enthusiasm and I can’t think of a more direct contribution a member of the public can make than voluntarily offering to patrol our towns and villages.

“I would love to be able to increase their number substantially and hope this campaign encourages more people to step forward.”

Full details of how to become a Special Constable can be found on the Staffordshire Police website at: www.staffordshire.police.uk.

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3 Comments

  1. Tax Payer

    9th July, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    No comments up to now so lets see if i can get a debate going.
    I see in the media that some police forces are refusing to announce the names of missing convicted murderers & rapists because they are entitled to privacy!
    During the past week there has been pictures in the media of totally innocent people wanted by the police and our own local paper printing names of people who have commited comparitively minor crimes!
    I know there is Irish law – Scottish law – English law and Muslim Law in the UK but only thought some Chief Constables were a law unto themselves.
    It would appear the CC can now decide their own laws!
    When was this Law passed that convicted murderers, who were a matter of public record (with a few exceptions), now have privacy protection not given to other people?
    Then I see our police are asking for volunteers/specials to help the police.These specials are offered training.
    If the media are correct in their reporting and names of convicts on the run are not to be disclosed what do you train them to say?
    Knock on door – “Excuse me sir/madam we are looking for a convict – but I can not tell you who we are looking for”!
    Why not just skip formal training and ask recruits to buy the DVD “Keystone Cops”!

    On a more serious note if the men on the run really are protected by some privacy law would it not be a good idea for the top brass to get off their fat chair (I should use another word) and get the laws changed.
    Or is it a case they are more worried about their wages/pension than getting the job done?
    Do they not realize that people who are not fit enough for police work may still want to help the police locate those on the run.
    Could these convicts still be drawing the dole but you would not know because you will not ask?

    Does this area have people on the run where you have tried to find them – if so lets have their details and who knows the public may be able to help?
    Incidentally I go into Lichfield centre twice a week – it has been years since I have seen a copper outside of a fast moving car.
    I have seen a couple of what looks like petite school girls in what could be police uniform but as they walk past people riding bikes in the pedestrian area and kids misbehaving I do not think they are official.
    These small misdemeanors should warrant a telling off -no paper work – no time wasted but in fairness if I was built like the ladies I have seen I would not want to take on a big seven year old kid!

  2. Steven Willis

    15th August, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Perhaps we should be reminding the police there is no right to privacy in english law,

  3. Unconcerned Citizen

    15th August, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I’l try and keep within the topic of the article. -After all i think the entire subject of police and English law is rather wide (not that i agree with all of it).

    In the 1980s (im quite sure it was the 80s) a study was completed regarding how the police could most effectively defend life. (i think the police may benfit from reminding the public of this study)
    From statistical data it was quite clear that putting police in cars to deal with all the idots in cars was the best solution – Traffic accidents (including pedestrians) is still the most common unnatural cause of death.

    U.K traffic has increased by a large amount since then – which would mean to be remain effective, more police will have to patrol in cars.

    I take a dim view of drivers that show little regard for others safety – if you look at things from a ’cause and effect’ perspective – dangerous drivers (including speeding, no mot etc) have the same devastating effect upon lives as murderers, drug dealers and rapists. The only difference is that perhaps ‘intent’ is not present.
    ‘intent’ should not be rellevant in crimes of a reckless nature.

    Congestion, speeding and stressed drivers are generally caused by the pressures of a profit driven economy. High costs of housing and living means people work longer hours and don’t want to be late for work, and have little free time to enjoy.
    A lot of these driving offenses are linked to economics. (idiot boys racers an obvious exception)
    No amount of policing will improve peoples economic standards of living so the symptoms (road deaths) will continue.

    I also think specials should be paid – if theres not enough money, tax the rich more.
    Im taxed to the hilt. I can’t work anymore hours and already earn less than i need to get by. Speeding would allow me more free time and the opportunity to earn more money. (im not justifying this but money equals survival and well being).