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Recruitment Drive For Special Constables

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9:16am 3rd June 2014

Could you see yourself out on patrol, helping to keep Dorset safe?

Dorset Police has launched a new recruitment drive for Special Constables to coincide with National Volunteers' Week.

Special Constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.

"The role involves policing the area of Dorset alongside regular police constables to make the community safer and to ensure that we have a higher visibility presence," Chief Officer of Dorset Special Constabulary Debi Potter told Wessex FM.

As well as taking part in routine patrols and day-to-day policing activities, special constables also get involved in community events and targeted operations whilst receiving specialist training.

Debi explains how young people can benefit from volunteering as a special constable.

"It's good to put on your CV, it means you have good communication skills, you can keep calm under pressure and you can learn problem solving."

A special constable works an average of sixteen hours a month, but the working hours are flexible so it is possible to work more hours if you can spare them.

People from the age of 18 upwards can apply to be a special constable.

To find out more about becoming a special constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process visit the Dorset Police website www.dorset.police.uk.

The closing date for applications is Monday 30 June 2014.

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