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Dorset Police On The Hunt For Specials

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8:10am 3rd September 2013

Dorset Police have started their search to put together a team of rural special constables.

The group of volunteers will work exclusively across the counties more remote areas around Dorchester and Blandford.

Special constables are volunteer Police Officers who have the same powers as regular officers, wear the same uniform and have the same kit.

It's hoped the new team will help reduce rural crime.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: "Our last campaign to increase the numbers of special constables in Dorset was very successful. We want to build on that success and boost our Special Constabulary even further.

"We are hoping to attract more people looking to learn new skills, take on a fresh challenge, and take up an opportunity to give something back to their communities.

"Special constables are a vital part of Dorset Police's community engagement. We welcome applications from all areas of the Force, and in particular remote rural locations."

A special constable is asked to work a minimum of 16 hours per month and, where possible, this is broken down to a minimum of four hours per week, but the working hours are flexible so that you can give more time if you can spare it.

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