Special Constables help as Dorset's pubs and bars reopen

Special Constables help as Dorset's pubs and bars reopen

Published by George Sharpe at 5:14pm 15th July 2020. (Updated at 5:42pm 15th July 2020)

Over 40 Special Constables gave up their free time during the pandemic to help police the easing of lockdown.

During the weekend of Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July, Special Constabulary Officers joined regular officers to ensure residents and visitors remained safe for the opening of hairdressers, restaurants and pubs.

The Special Constables worked more than 300 hours over the weekend, which included conducting high-visibility patrols and assisted the roads policing unit, as the county saw an increase of visitors travelling to the area.

Since the start of the lockdown they've helped with more than 40 duties:

  • Assisting with arrests
  • Safeguarding
  • Search warrants
  • Licensing
  • Missing persons
  • Anti-social behaviour
Police Car

Deputy Chief Officer Andy Turtle paid tribute to the officers, he said:

“I want to pass on my thanks to each Special Constable who gave up their weekend with their own families and friends to help ensure the safety of local communities and visitors to Dorset.

“Reopening of the tourism and hospitality industry combined with an influx of visitors, meant their support to our teams was invaluable.”

Dorset’s 126 Special Constables have been playing their part, during the lockdown, in making communities safe and secure.

From 23rd March to the end of June, Dorset’s Specials worked over 10,020 hours – which is an increase of 42% from the same period last year.

Andy Turtle continued:

“With anticipated increased demand on our services this summer, we really do appreciate the number of Special Constables who have volunteered to work during July and August.

“I would also like to thank the employers, whose flexibility and understanding helps make this important contribution possible.”