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More Special Constables Wanted In Dorset


12:03am 3rd February 2013
(Updated 3:41pm 4th February 2013)

A recruitment campaign's been launched for more special constables in Dorset.

Its vision of Dorset's new police and crime commissioner who thinks it's an excellent opportunity for us to serve our community in the face of Police cuts.

Special constables are volunteer police officers.

They have the same powers as regular police, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.

New recruits will need to work a minimum of 16 hours a month - that could be on patrols, at community events or in targeted operations.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: "Boosting the Special Constabulary in Dorset is an exciting new vision led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, which we are hoping will result in greater engagement in policing by our local communities.

"We saw a great sense of community spirit during the Olympics last year and we hope this will be a continuation of that.
"Becoming a special constable is a great opportunity for individuals who want to give their time to make a difference. Whether you want to give something back to your community, learn new skills or simply challenge yourself, there are opportunities for everyone."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, said: "With the current cuts to policing, this is an excellent opportunity for the people of Dorset to serve their community and gain fantastic experience in life skills at the same time. I look forward to welcoming new people into the policing family.

"This builds on my manifesto and my policing plan of recruiting more volunteers and more Specials, by using communities and the public, to help us keep Dorset safe."

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 4 March 2013.

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