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Special Constable learns more about our police dogs

Special Constable learns more about our police dogs
One of our Specials joined PD Boots for the day to learn how he helps us catch criminals.

SC Abi Harman became a volunteer police officer with us in February 2018 and has never looked back since. Abi normally spends her volunteering hours protecting the residents of Chelmsford but this weekend, she had an extra special shift with PD Boots and his handler PC Mark Rickwood.

Boots, a former stray, came to the Dog Section from The Dogs Trust and is trained to find illegal substances and cash.

On Saturday, November 3, Abi joined Boots and Mark at Stansted Airport to learn more about the work our dog and handler teams do.

Boots searched passengers’ luggage, patrolled the terminal and took part in training exercises searching for illegal substances.
SC Abi Harman said: “PD Boots is a lovely dog with skills that are second-to-none.

“I love that I was able to join Mark and Boots for the day as the Special Constabulary sees the importance in investing in our personal development.

“Learning about the specialisms we have at Essex Police helps to improve the service we can provide as volunteers and in turn helps to keep the public safe.”

Our Special Constables volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to help keep the county safe. They are equipped with the same policing powers and uniform as regular officers but sacrifice their time for free. They are regularly offered opportunities to learn from our experienced officers with attachments and training with our Dog Section, Casualty Reduction Section, Marine Unit and many more teams within the force to help them progress with us to better protect the public.

For more information about becoming a volunteer police officer and how to apply, visit:

 You can find out more about what Abi gets up to as a volunteer by following her on Twitter:

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