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Special Constables take up specialist roles on frontline

Special Constables take up specialist roles on frontline
FIVE serving Special Constables have taken up specialist roles on the frontline.

From this month the extra special officers will join Essex Police’s Operational Support Group (OSG) for their voluntary duties.

As well as undergoing the regular police training that all Special Constables are subject to, the five specials are undergoing further specialist training in order that they can carry out all of the duties of the full time OSG officers.

They will learn advanced "method of entry" so they can force entry to various premises, advanced driving, public order training and "air transport training" to extradite prisoners to and from the UK.

Further training will also include learning to be a first responder to chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear attacks and specialist training which helps officers detect potential terrorists.

The five Special Constables have been specially selected following a robust process.

Supt Simon Anslow, Essex Police’s lead for recruiting Special Constables, said: “Not only does becoming a Special Constable give you the opportunity to give something back to your community, but it’s a role that offers variety and excitement.

“Once you have carried out your initial training you too will have opportunities to specialise in particular areas of policing and learn even more new skills. As well as uniformed specialist roles we’re developing opportunities to work in a variety of community roles, to contribute to crime investigation and to support offender management. Wherever possible we want to create opportunities for Specials to work alongside regular officers across the policing spectrum, investing in them to provide the skills they need to make a difference.”

Insp Tony Adams of OSG said: “My team have one of the most varied, challenging and exciting roles within the force.

“They deal with some of the county’s most difficult and complex incidents. But with that challenge also comes variety, and my team can work on anything from policing royal visits to large-scale public order.

“We are delighted to be joined by five Special Constables who will provide invaluable support to their regular OSG colleagues.”

Essex Police launched a major campaign in May this year, called “My Other Life”, to recruit more volunteer officers.

Special Constables have full police powers, uniforms, equipment and training.

To become a Special you need to be: 18 or over; commit to a minimum of 16 hours each months for operational duties plus mandatory training; meet the required fitness standard; and commit to the initial training requirement of 20 days.

All you need to know about becoming a Special Constable can be found here: www.essex.police.uk/specials.

PICTURED: Mark Parham, Elliot Clark, T/Superintendent Ed Wells, Deputy Chief Officer Specials Derek Hopkins, Del Garroway.

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