Praise for unpaid volunteer officers

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The chief officer of Lancashire’s Special Constabulary has extended his deepest gratitude to his staff for all their hard work this year.

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

They carry out local patrols, police local events and take part in crime reduction projects, working to cut crime and anti-social behaviour.

During the course of 2013, 459 Special Constables spread across Lancashire have volunteered over 125,000 hours of their time to the Constabulary.

Of note, Specials have seized nearly 3000 litres of alcohol from under-age drinkers, performed over 2000 checks on licensed premises, performed over 1600 roadside breathalyzer tests, and have seized 113 vehicles for a range of offences, as well as dedicating 54,000 hours of their time specifically to Neighbourhood Policing patrols.

Nigel Walters, the Special Constabulary’s Chief Officer, said: “2013 has been another impressive year for the Special Constabulary, and I would to thank all those who have helped us to achieve this.

“This includes the training staff, police staff, all our agencies and officers who enable Specials to support the Regulars in the way we do. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to our Specials’ family members for their understanding, particularly when our Specials are dedicating their free time over the holiday periods.

“Shifts can also go well into the night and yet, Specials continue to give their time and effort.

“This is week after week, year after year, and the support Specials offer directly helps the communities we serve in.

“So please, pat yourselves on the back; you are all vital, and what you do counts enormously.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Specials Leadership Team for their support and hard work, as delivering over £2.5m-worth of policing with a voluntary leadership team demonstrates extraordinary commitment to their roles.”

Lancashire’s Special Constabulary is still recruiting. For more information visit