Dorset Police has opened recruitment for special constables and is specifically seeking candidates to work in the Blandford and Bridport areas.
The new chief officer for the Dorset Police Special Constabulary, Anthi Minhinnick said: “At present, we have lower numbers of special constables in Blandford and Bridport and so we are urgently working to increase this resource to ensure we provide an even level of special constabulary support to our regular officers in all locations.
“While the force is continuing to recruit for specials right across the county, those aspiring to work in Blandford and Bridport will have their applications prioritised at present.”
Special constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment. Specials in Dorset are provided with full training and are given the opportunity to get involved in a range of day-to-day policing activities, including patrol work, community events and targeted operations.
A special constable is asked to work a minimum of 16 hours per month and, where possible, this is broken down to a minimum of four hours per week. The working hours are flexible so that more time can be given if an individual chooses to spare it.
John Hannon, a special sergeant, comments on the dedication required for the role; “Although being a special is a big commitment in my spare time, it is completely worth it as no matter what I do in the role, whether it is dealing with an offender or providing a visible presence, I am proud to be making a difference by working with the public to give my support back to the community. I believe the greatest gift you can give is your time.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, said: “Becoming a volunteer special constable is a great way for you to make a difference in your community, while at the same time developing your personal skills.
“I am always inspired by the commitment shown by special constables and will support you on your journey in becoming a special and in serving the people of Dorset.”
To find out more about becoming a special constable visit the Dorset Police website www.dorset.police.uk.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 22 October 2015.