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New special constables for Wiltshire
THIRTEEN new special constables have been sworn in for Wiltshire.
The latest group of volunteer officers, who when on duty have the same powers as regular police officers, were sworn in at a special ceremony in Devizes last Saturday.
Three of the special constables will be based in Salisbury, one in Westbury, two in Devizes, one in Melksham, four in Swindon and two in Chippenham.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “Being a special constable is a great way for people throughout Wiltshire and Swindon to give something back to our local communities. It is very much taking on the Sir Robert Peel principle that the police are the public.
“I was pleased to attend the event and speak to most of the new recruits about taking on this challenging but potentially very rewarding volunteer role.”
In his plan, Mr Macpherson states that he wants to see a minimum of 300 active special constables across the county.
This has now been reached, with the current number at about 300, but recruitment is continuing. For more information, visit wiltshire.police.uk.
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