On Monday 11 July, we welcomed 10 new Special Constables to the Essex Police family in a Specials attestation ceremony.
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan, Justice of the Peace Jacky Froggatt, Superintendent Shaun Kane and the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner were all in attendance to congratulate the recruits and mark the first day of their Specials career.
Out of the intake, seven women and three men proudly stepped forward and vowed to protect and serve the county of Essex on a voluntary basis.
Each recruit approached the stage to take the Declaration and accepted the Certificate of Attestation from the Justice of the Peace before being individually addressed by each senior member of the force that were present.
Helping people, keeping people safe, catching criminals
ACC Rachel Nolan closed the ceremony by expressing her gratitude to all recruits that have made the commitment, she said:
“We are so fortunate to have hundreds of amazing people volunteering in a wide variety of roles across our force. “The additional skills and experiences you bring to Essex Police play a vital part in protecting the public. “You are giving up your spare time to help us to help people, keep the community safe and catch criminals. For this I would like to say a huge thank you for your time, commitment and passion.”
Our Special Constabulary
A Special in Essex is someone who will be valued, supported, and integrated into the wider policing family. They’re someone who will learn new skills, see new things and make tangible differences to the lives of the public they serve.
Does this sound like you?
We have the second biggest Special Constabulary in the country with more than 450 serving officers who dedicate at least 16 hours a month to policing alongside their work and family commitments and are always on the lookout for extraordinary people who could fit the bill.
Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers. They have the same police powers, uniforms and equipment as regular Police Officers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis, organising their busy personal lives, day jobs and other commitments around police duties.