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Police specials needed across Dorset - particularly rural areas
THE latest recruitment campaign for special constables is under way in Dorset.
Volunteer police officers are being recruited across the county, especially in rural areas around Blandford, Gillingham, Dorchester, Sherborne and East Dorset.
Special constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.
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.”
Specials in Dorset get involved in a range of day-to-day policing activities, including patrol work, community events, targeted operations and specialist training.
There are special constables dedicated to traffic, marine and rural policing as well as general patrol duties.
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.
To find out more about becoming a special constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process visit the Special Constabulary pages on the Dorset Police website at www.dorset.police.uk.
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