Community Specials have done ‘immense things’
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Our Community Special Constable scheme has been praised by a councillor who says it has ‘done immense things’ for her town.
We launched the scheme with Witham Town Council in June 2018 and town councillor and former mayor JoAnn Williams says that, since then, anti-social behaviour has ‘really diminished’.
“Before our Community Special Constables came along, there was a lot of anti-social behaviour in Witham, especially in the Newlands and the Grove shopping centres.
“The main complaint we were getting as councillors was just how awful it was becoming in town. But then the Community Special scheme came along and things have improved.
“People have got to know them, the kids don’t run away from them anymore - they run to them - and the anti-social behaviour has really diminished. When it does pop up, they are right there.
“The scheme has done immense things for this town – it’s been brilliant.
“Their visibility all around town, whether it’s on the different estates or in Newland Street, means so much to the town and has helped the crime rate.”
Witham town councillor JoAnn Williams
Witham Town Council has supported as many as five Community Special Constables over the past three years but, at the moment, there are three – other officers have been promoted or joined Essex Police as regular officers.
Cllr Williams says the town council is so enthusiastic about the scheme, councillors have accompanied Essex Police’s Community Special Constable scheme co-ordinator Les Hawkins on visits to other councils to encourage them to join up. We currently have 51 councils on the look-out for Community Specials to help keep their parishes safe.
“Our Community Special Constables really get to know their area well and play a vital part in supporting their sponsoring councils to keep their local communities safe from harm.
“The scheme has been very successful since its launch in Witham more than three years ago and many other councils are wanting to sponsor their own Community Special Constable. So, if you want to help to protect your community then do visit our website and look up details for the scheme.”
Essex Police Citizens in Policing Commander Jenny Brouard
Do you want to help to keep your community safe?
We are always looking for more volunteers to join the Special Constabulary, whether you want to become a Community Special Constable, dedicated to your local town or parish, or police a little further afield.
You can apply to become a Community Special Constable in the following areas:
Alresford, Billericay, Birchanger, Black Notley, Boreham, Buckhurst Hill, Burnham, Canvey Island, Chigwell, Danbury, Dedham, Earls Colne and Colne Engaine, Feering, Galleywood, Gosfield, Great Baddow, Great Burstead and South Green, Great Wakering, Great Waltham, Halstead, Hatfield Peverel, Hawkwell, Herongate and Ingrave, Hockley, Hullbridge, Ingatestone and Fryerning, Kelvedon, Lambourne, Leigh-on-Sea, Little Clacton, Maldon, Mayland, Mersea Island, Newport, Ongar, Ramsey & Parkeston, Rayleigh, Rettendon, Rochford, Runwell, South Hanningfield, Springfield, Stanford Rivers, Stanway, Thaxted, Tiptree, West Bergholt, West Hanningfield, Witham, Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre, Writtle.
How does the Community Special Constable scheme work?
Community Specials work closely with their own sponsoring town and parish councils - which fund all the expenses incurred for duties performed within their area. They are committed to policing the area which pays for them, to identify and address local issues of concern. However, if a major incident occurs, they may be called on to help in another area of the county.
Special Constables are volunteers who have the same full police powers, uniform and equipment and work alongside their regular colleagues attending and dealing with a wide variety of incidents. Community Special Constables work almost exclusively in their sponsoring parish, concentrating on issues specific to that area.
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