Three volunteer police officers set to serve in the Lichfield area are to be sworn in at a special ceremony.
The attestation ceremony on June 28 at Staffordshire Police headquarters marks the end of the Special Constables’ initial training period.
They will be sworn in individually in the presence of a Staffordshire JP and presented with affirmation certificates and warrant cards by Assistant Chief Constable Douglas Paxton and Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mike Lane.
The event will signal the start of the officers’ two-year probationary period working on one of the force’s four territorial divisions, where they will initially go on accompanied patrol while undergoing further training.
As well as the three who will serve in Trent Valley division covering Lichfield, a further three will serve in Chase, four in Stoke-on-Trent and two in North Staffordshire.
The force has around 370 Special Constables who are fully integrated into local neighbourhood policing teams. Their main focus is to provide a visible uniformed presence to tackle issues that affect a community’s feeling of well-being. Special Constables have the full range of police powers including making arrests and stop and search.
Next month, following a review of the Special Constabulary in Staffordshire, new ranks and more varied opportunities will be introduced for Specials, who work a minimum of 16 hours a month.
Anyone interested in becoming a Special should ring the recruitment unit on 01785 235353 or visit www.staffordshirepolicerecruitment.com.