Police in Spalding want more specials

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POLICE in Spalding are seeking more special constables to join the force and are holding a recruitment open evening at the town’s police station on Thursday, May 24.

Special constables come from all walks of life and have the same powers as the regulars, but give their time for free and work a minimum of 16 hours a month.

Spalding specials inspector Darren Sutton, manager of the town’s branch of Peacocks, said: “You are working in the community to prevent crime and to make the town a safer place for everybody else.

“We can give the reassurance and presence that people want to see.

“People want to see police officers in the town, in the villages and in the estates.”

Currently there are 20 specials working in the town.

The special constabulary is open to men and women aged between 18 and 60 years.

Once they have completed their training, recruits are mentored for a year by a full-time officer.

Induction courses run over two weeks or six to eight weekends and full training is given in areas such as law and handling kit like handcuffs and batons.

Insp Sutton said: “You will be able to build your confidence, you will learn new skills, you will learn more communication skills – managing and talking to people and problem solving.

“It helps in your day to day job as well.”

l Thursday’s event begins at 7.30pm.