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Volunteer police officers honoured at special event

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The work of special police officers across Lichfield and Burntwood has been honoured at an event held at Staffordshire Police’s headquarters.

Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary, Mike Lane, and Assistant Chief Constable Douglas Paxton welcomed members of the Special Constabulary and their guests on September 13, and presented annual commendations acknowledging officers’ commitment, effort and enthusiasm.

Special Sergeant Lloyd Scarsbrook, who is based at Tamworth, gave a presentation about setting up Operation Truce, a youth engagement programme which works to provide better communication between police and young people and improve young people’s perception of the force. He was nationally recognised for his work in June when he was Highly Commended in the Ferrers awards organised by the National Policing Improvement Agency.

Presentations were also given by divisional Special Constabulary lead officers and by the regional representative of the National Police Improvement Agency on forthcoming national developments.

Special Constables and their families went on to enjoy a barbeque and various displays including the force’s police dogs and helicopter, a safety camera van and scenes of crime officers, as well as by colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Ch Insp Phil Fortun, the force’s ‘citizen focus’ project team lead, said:

“We have recently launched an exciting new approach to involve Special Constables even more in frontline policing roles. This event was organised to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution of the Special Constabulary to policing Staffordshire during the last 12 months. They make a real difference in helping to ensure safer neighbourhoods, often working in their own communities to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and across the wide range of police activities.”

Staffordshire Police currently has around 380 Special Constables who volunteer to work a minimum of four hours a week.

Staffordshire Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary, Mike Lane, said:

“Volunteers receive full training and serve as police officers in their own time. They have the full powers of a police constable, including the power of arrest.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Special should call the force’s recruitment unit on 01785 235353, or visit where they can download an information pack and an application form.

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