Gwent Special Constables awarded
6:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
GWENT Police Special Constables volunteered more than 22,000 hours of service last year, with those having clocked up the most hours being recognised with an award by their peers.
Constables who had worked over 300 hours were recognised at last week’s event, hosted by Gwent Police Assistant Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley, who is Welsh lead for the Special Constabulary.
The 19 officers were awarded with certificates, with other Special Constables in Gwent, recognised for giving up their valuable time to help keep their communities safe.
ACC Bottomley said: "We have a fantastic, committed and dedicated Special Constabulary here in Gwent and we feel extremely fortunate and proud to have them.
“Each Special Constable deserves our thanks but the hours that these officers have put in is nothing short of outstanding.
“Being a Special Constable is a rewarding role and they are a valued part of the wider police family."
Ian Johnston, Police and Crime Commissioner, added: "I am extremely grateful for the time and dedication of these Special Constables. They play a crucial part in our policing purpose of keeping the communities of Gwent safe."
More than 140 Special Constables work alongside Neighbourhood teams throughout the Gwent Force area.
Each Special Constable completes 18 weeks of training which will include law, recording and presentation of evidence; powers of arrest; rights of suspects; self-defence and use of force.
They are also given training to help develop confidence in communication skills, problem solving and planning, conflict resolution and incident evaluation.
Additional information about the Special Constabulary can be viewed on www.gwent.police.uk.
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