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New special constables sworn in
NINETEEN new special constables have been sworn in for Wiltshire.
The volunteer officers, who when on duty have the same powers as regular police officers, attended an attestation event at Wiltshire Police headquarters in Devizes.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “This was a great event which I was delighted to attend. I was able to speak to most of the new recruits and thank them for giving up their free time and giving something back to our local communities.”
In his Police and Crime Plan, the Commissioner outlines that he wants to see a minimum of 300 active special constables across Wiltshire and Swindon, each attached to communities and contributing an average of at least 16 hours per month. Wiltshire’s Special Constabulary Chief Officer Richard Palusinski said: “Special Constables play a vital role in the delivery of policing in our communities. We welcome applications from people who feel that they can contribute to their community in this way.”
There are currently about 236 Special Constables in Wiltshire, including the 19 new recruits. Recruitment for Special Constables is continuing. For more information visit wiltshire.police.uk.