POTENTIAL new recruits are being given a chance to see the vital role volunteers play with Lincolnshire Police.
Members of the community are being invited to meet some of Spalding’s special constables on Thursday in a bid to encourage more volunteers to join the ranks.
The county currently has 211 specials, with 19 of those working out of Spalding Police Station. They all give a minimum of four hours a week and come from all walks of life.
Special constable Phil Goodliffe has been pounding the streets of Spalding since November 2009. When he’s not on patrol, he works in one of the town’s supermarkets.
He said: “I’m not sure what made me do it. I had always admired the work of regular officers so I thought the best way to see what it was like was to give it a go.
“Almost all of my friends were just starting university and I had a lot of spare time.”
He describes his experiences as an “eye opener”.
SC Goodliffe completed an initial training course over eight non-consecutive weekends. After completing other training exercises he spent 18 months crewed up with either a regular officer or an independent special constable.
He added: “It’s definitely something anyone interested should give a go but it’s not something that should be taken lightly. When you’re in uniform, to the public you are a police officer.”
Acting special inspector Darren Sutton is store manager at Peacocks in Spalding when he’s not on duty.
“It’s very different to what you see on TV,” he said. “You get to learn new skills in terms of problem solving, working as part of a team, communication skills and using your own initiative.”
The recruitment event at Spalding Police Station starts at 7pm. Volunteers must be 18, fit and in good health.