New special constables from Thetford, Diss and Wymondham sworn in at a ceremony
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Norfolk’s latest crop of special constables were all congratulated as they were sworn in by the county’s deputy chief constable Charlie Hall.
The 15 special constables sworn in at the event on Sunday, June 15 will be based in areas including Thetford, Norwich, Diss, King’s Lynn and Wymondham.
During the ceremony the group all individually read the Oath Of Allegiance to local magistrate Dick Meadows.
They have already been on a training course, which saw them studying various aspects of policing including crime scene and road traffic management, statement taking and diversity and human rights issues.
“Special officers play a very valuable role in supporting the work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to local people,” said Mr Hall.
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“It was an honour to attend such an event and meet the new recruits who we are delighted to welcome on board.
“The commitment and energy shown by Norfolk’s Specials is truly admirable.”
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Specials manager Sue Goode said: “Being a special constable is a very rewarding, fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.
“Specials are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they go out on duty, they face the same challenges and problems encountered by their regular police colleagues.
“We have a highly professional Special Constabulary which makes a considerable contribution to the operational side of policing.”
The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community.
Their roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events.
Special constables are also said to provide a vital link in the partnership between the police service and the public.
Norfolk Police says it is always on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.
The county currently has 255 special constables.
Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary can visit www.norfolk.police.uk or, for an informal chat about the role, call 01953 425699, extension 2371.
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