Special constables make a difference in major weekend of action in Cambridgeshire

Special Gary Cowling

Special Gary Cowling

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Cambridgeshire Specials carried out nearly 90 duty shifts across the county over National Specials Weekend.

It comes in the middle of National Volunteers’ Week, when the force has been highlighting all voluntary role including, Specials to police support volunteers and cadet leaders.

From Friday to Sunday, Specials carried out 87 duty shifts across all the force’s districts.

One operation was carried out at the rail crossing at Lolham, near Maxey, where there have been issues with the rail crossing.

Over Saturday and Sunday, 32 no entry tickets were issued, along with penalty notices for no insurance, speeding, and a registration plate offence.

In Wisbech, Specials took part in a joint automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operation with Norfolk colleagues.

In the Peterborough area, Specials carried out village patrols and helped police the night-time economy, while in Cambridge they contributed towards the successful operation to police this year’s Strawberry Fair.

In Ely, Specials completed crime reduction surveys with members of the public and promoted the force’s cadet programme as well as the Special Constabulary, and in Huntingdon Specials policed the nigh-time economy.

Vic Kerlin, head of the Special Constabulary, said: “I would like to thank all the Specials who made such a great contribution to policing the county right through Specials Weekend.

“Their work showed the Special Constabulary in all its guises, from using the latest technology, in ANPR, to traditional foot patrols, and with a blend of enforcement and public reassurance.

“It really reflected the kind of valuable work Specials do on a daily basis and I am very grateful.”

Vic is hoping the event and publicity surrounding it will lead to more people applying to be Specials.

There will now be recruitment events where members of the public can find out more about the application process and speak to current Specials and regular officers.

They will be in:

* St Neots on Saturday (June 11) in the Market Square from noon.

* Cambridge at Cambridge Regional College on June 18, as part of an open day from 10am to 3pm.

* Peterborough at Dogsthorpe Fire Station on Saturday, July 16 from 11.30am to 3.30pm.