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Staffordshire Police Specials

The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteer members of the public who when on duty wear a uniform and have full police powers. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving with police forces across the UK, working in all aspects of policing. In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent there are around 470 Special Constables.

The duties carried out by a Special Constable are essentially the same as those carried out by any regular police officer. Central to the Staffordshire Specials is the Police and Crime Commissioner’s commitment to increasing police visibility locally through Community Specials who live in the areas they patrol and receive tailored neighbourhood policing training. Over the next 12 months, 101 Community Specials – one for every neighbourhood policing area in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – will be introduced.

Specials are likely to get involved in all aspects of modern policing, particularly neighbourhood policing, tacking anti-social behaviour, crime prevention, raids and warrants, special events, football matches, missing person enquiries, road traffic accidents (the list goes on!) as well as dealing with crime such as burglaries, fights and criminal damage.

Specials are, for the first time, being trained in specialist roles in wildlife policing, licensing, Integrated Offender Management, roads policing, public order, intelligence and as detectives.

The work Specials do with the rural crime unit, involves working alongside local councils to stop poaching and animal baiting.

Staffordshire Special Constables also regularly patrol areas when there are professional football matches played at Stoke City, Port Vale, Burton and Tamworth, and help the road crime team when they carry out specific operations to tackle motorists who are speeding, using a mobile phone or not wearing a seat belt.

Other important roles include using the anti-social behaviour cars, visiting hotpot areas and dealing with any problems. During weekend evenings they patrol town centres to help keep them safe and reassure revellers. To help free regular officers they will also transport prisoners to custody suites.

Support is also given to licensing teams working alongside trading standards checking licensed premises and door staff.

Specials are now also involved in helping to run the new cadet scheme in Stafford.

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