Could you become a Special Constable?

l-r Special Inspector Ruth Gardner, Special Sgt Simon Tracey, Special Sgt Jonathon Wilkin, Special Sgt Nick Harding, Special Constable Phillip Metcalfe and Special Constable Stephanie Holmes.
l-r Special Inspector Ruth Gardner, Special Sgt Simon Tracey, Special Sgt Jonathon Wilkin, Special Sgt Nick Harding, Special Constable Phillip Metcalfe and Special Constable Stephanie Holmes.
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PEOPLE looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills are being invited to become a Special Constable.

The latest recruitment evening will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, June 13 at Lancaster and Morecambe College.

The event is aimed at those who wish to become involved in policing in the north of the county.

Special Constables are unpaid volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.

Special Constables carry out local patrols, police local events, take part in crime reduction projects and help challenge anti-social behaviour in our communities.

There are currently more than 400 specials working with Lancashire Constabulary, but a recruitment drive is now in place to get more volunteers to join the ranks.

A Special Constable is asked to work a minimum of four hours per week in a single shift but the working hours are flexible so that you can give more time if you can spare it.

Some local companies actively support staff who wish to be a Special Constable by allowing them to undertake some of their police duties during their normal working time.

No formal qualifications are needed but applicants must be over 18.

While the position is unpaid, you will gain a wealth of experience, develop professionally and get the chance to give something back to your local community.

Being a Special Constable also offers an insight into working for the force and many decide to go on and pursue a career as a police officer.

Special Sergeant Nick Harding, 29, has been a special in Lancaster and Morecambe for two years.

He said: “I work at BAE as a project engineer and the company is very supportive in letting me do my special shifts – they give me three weeks a year to get involved and the rest is done in my own time.

“Many employers are happy to accommodate your work as a Special Sergeant.”

The event on June 13 will enable you to hear more from other Special Constables and ask any questions that you may have.

Places are limited, so register your interest with specials co-ordinator Jen Seal via jen.seal@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or 01524 596659.

More information on the Special Constabulary can be found at http://www.lancashire.police.uk/recruitment/special-constable.