Specials In Charge
9:17am 5th April 2014
Dorset Police is being taken over this weekend - by the Special Constabulary.
Operation Puzzle is part of a national event which will allow volunteer members of the force to take control of front line police duties.
70 PSCO's from across the county will take part.
Like their regular officer colleagues, they have the power to make arrests and have undergone specialist training before being posted on the frontline.
Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary Debi Potter said: "This is an excellent opportunity for the Special Constabulary to showcase their abilities and enhance their skills.
"It never ceases to amaze me the amount of dedication and commitment special constables in Dorset show to the community and police service in their unpaid roles."
Superintendent Jared Parkin said: "Our special constabulary colleagues are a valued part of the team. Their drive, dedication and commitment is outstanding. Special constables and volunteers make a marked difference to Dorset Police throughout the year and this weekend will allow their police colleagues the opportunity to take other proactive measures and carry out other operations in our drive to target crime and ensure communities feel safer."
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "The Special Constabulary is a vital resource to the police service and I am always humbled by their commitment and the fantastic job that they do. The initiative in Dorset this weekend shows their professionalism.
"As Police and Crime Commissioner I have always prioritised the recruitment of specials, not just to increase officer numbers and visibility in Dorset, but also to enhance the link between the police and the local communities that they serve. I am delighted that the work of the Special Constabulary is being recognised nationally in this way, underlining the valuable role that they play in keeping us all safe."
Dorset Police will be launching a recruitment drive in July to get more special constables to join their ranks.