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Dating Fraud Partnership publishes advice to help people looking for love beat fraudsters (Mon, 12 Feb 2018)
People spend much of their lives online, communicating and meeting new people via social networks, and millions of people have found their partners through online dating. Whilst it’s easy to get swept up in the romance of it all and let your heart rule your head, organised criminals target people looking for love. For victims, dating fraud can shatter their lives both financially and emotionally. To help prevent people looking for love avoid becoming a victim of online fraudsters, the Dating Fraud Partnership has launched the #SafeDating campaign and published the following five #datesafe tips: Get to know the person, not the profile and ask plenty of questions - don’t rush into an online relationship. Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine. Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices. Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them. Never send money to someone you’ve met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you've been speaking to them. Don’t move the conversation off the dating site messenger until you’re confident the person is who they say they are. If you do decide to meet in person, make sure the first meeting is in a public place and let someone else know where you’re going to be. Get Safe Online has more information on safe online dating and will be tweeting advice to protect people from romance fraud using hashtag #safedating. Keep an eye out for the posts and don’t forget to share them. Support If you believe you have been the victim of dating fraud, please report it to the dating provider as well as the police. If you have been the victim of actual or attempted fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting: Victim Support also provides free and confidential support to help victims of dating fraud to move on with their lives.
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Be a Friend Against Scams (Thu, 08 Feb 2018)
Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, yet there is a social stigma attached to discussing scams and admitting to being a victim - more than one in four victims haven’t told their partner that they have fallen victim to a scam. To tackle the lack of scams awareness, National Trading Standards has created the Friends Against Scams initiative which is encouraging communities and organisations, victims and the general public to break the silence around scams. You can become a friend and take the short online training by visiting the website, which gives you the tools to recognise scams and help scam victims whether in your family, amongst friends or in your community. Speaking about the National Trading Standards initiative, the Security and Economic Crime Minister Ben Wallace said: “Fraud is now the most prevalent crime in the UK. We know that the more we talk to each other about scams, the less likely we are to fall victim to them so these campaigns are vital.” You can find out more about Friends Against Scams and how you can make a difference by visiting the website:
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Party safe this Christmas (Thu, 21 Dec 2017)
As well as the health consequences, this can also lead to people losing their inhibitions and taking more risks with their personal safety leaving themselves vulnerable to becoming a victim of violence or sexual offences for example, or making the mistake of drink driving. Our tips could help prevent your night from ending badly. Getting there and back Plan your journey to and from home and if you get a taxi or minicab, make sure it's licensed Don't travel with a driver who has drunk alcohol or who may be under the influence of drugs If you're planning to drink alcohol, plan how to get home without driving: options include agreeing on a designated driver, getting details of a licensed taxi firm, or finding out about public transport routes and times Make sure somebody knows where you are going and what time you will be home Always carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards. Keep your house keys in your pocket and if someone grabs your bag let it go Remember to keep hold of your bags and phone in restaurants and pubs If you think someone is following you, check by crossing the street - more than once if necessary - to see if they follow. If you are still worried, get to the nearest place where there are other people - a pub or anywhere with a lot of lights on and call the police on 101 Consider carefully whether to leave a pub, club or party with somebody you have just met Don't take short-cuts through dark alleys, parks or across waste ground Use routes that are well lit, and walk facing the traffic If you're walking home on a cold night make sure you're dressed to keep warm While you are out Make sure that your drink isn't left unattended If someone offers to buy you a drink, only accept if you know you can trust them Communal drinks such as punch bowls can easily be spiked. It's not always possible to know what's been mixed into these drinks, so stick to drinks that aren't shared If you begin to feel drunk after fewer drinks than normal, seek help from a trusted friend or management at the club/pub/licensed premises When you are out, keep your phone out of sight. If your phone is stolen or lost, call your network to get your phone blocked Think before you offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive; you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving Don't drink and drive While the majority of people would not consider consuming any alcoholic drinks before driving, there are still some drivers who are willing to take the risk. To highlight the dangers of drink driving, the Department for Transport is running its latest THINK! campaign. The campaign will encourage everyone to think before drinking and driving, and encourage their friends not to drink and drive. Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman said: “Driving even while below the legal limit is becoming increasingly socially unacceptable, with more and more people choosing to turn down drinking any alcohol when they plan to drive. But even so there are still some drivers who are willing to take the risk. “Friends, colleagues and family members can positively influence those around them. So we are calling on them to stop potential drink drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking tragedy this Christmas.” National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: “Every year police forces deal with cases of drink or drug driving that directly result in families facing Christmas without loves ones. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely – don’t let your friends and family pay the price. "Police forces are running targeted operations across the country to enforce the law on drink and drug driving: you can face an unlimited fine, disqualification for driving, and a long prison sentence.” The law: For UK drivers, there are strict alcohol limits in breath, blood and urine. However, it is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink while staying below the limit. The way alcohol affects you depends on: Your weight, age, sex and metabolism The type and amount of alcohol you're drinking What you've eaten recently Your stress levels at the time So if you're driving, it's better to have none for the road. The consequences: There are strict penalties if you are convicted of drink driving, including: A minimum 12 month driving ban A criminal record A fine of up to £5,000 An endorsement on your licence for 11 years However, the personal consequences of being caught drink driving can impact on your life in other ways, including: Increased car insurance costs Losing your job The shame of having a criminal record Losing your independence Trouble getting into countries such as the USA It is estimated that a drink driving conviction can cost from £20,000 to £50,000 as a result of fines, solicitors' fees, increased car insurance costs and impacts on employment. The advice: Beware the morning after: you could still be over the limit the day after drinking. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don't help you to sober up – time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system. There is no excuse for drink driving: alcohol affects everybody's driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging speed and distance more difficult, and slows your reactions so that it takes longer to stop. 'Only going down the road' is not an excuse: a large proportion of all drink drive crashes occur within three miles of the start of the journey.
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Home Office publishes police chief officer pay and remuneration information on (Fri, 17 Nov 2017)
The measures will address areas of inconsistency and concern around chief officer employment. Currently, the system for chief officer leave entitlement lacks clarity, there is an absence of the type of post-service employment oversight already in place in other parts of the public sector, and no centralised public record of chief officer remuneration exists. A snapshot study of police chiefs’ pay packages from 2015/16 has been published, alongside links to each force’s website, showing current data on pay, rewards packages, gifts and hospitality, and outside interests. The data is published on this site, allowing you to see your police chief officers' pay and remuneration package. New measures to bring greater clarity around chief officer employment The other measures which will bring greater clarity around chief officer employment are: A standardised 35 days annual leave policy to be implemented by the Home Office following agreement between police leaders. This represents a change from previously unclear and inconsistent arrangements, where chief officers could take at least 48 days a year but their rest days were poorly defined, creating the impression of vastly different leave entitlements. Introducing a police-led system to scrutinise employment once chief officers leave their force. To bring policing in line with other areas of the public sector, there will be a new requirement for chief officers to notify their old force of any employment for a year after leaving the service - whether it is self-employment or for another organisation. Chief constables and PCCs will then advise if there is any conflict of interest with all decisions published on force websites. Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd: “Police chiefs are trusted figures within our communities and they play an incredibly important role leading our forces and keeping the public safe. “As public servants they are accountable to the communities they serve, which is vital if we are to see confidence in policing continue to rise. “Therefore, I am pleased that police leaders have worked with the Home Office to come forward with proposals to bring greater clarity and accountability to chief officer annual leave and post service employment.”
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YoungMinds & Cyber Aware encourage young people to take a break from their smartphones (Tue, 17 Oct 2017)
A new poll from YoungMinds and Cyber Aware reports that over a fifth (21%) of 18-25 year-olds surveyed spend more than 6 hours a day on their smartphones. This is despite the fact that more than half of them (60%) agree that they would benefit from taking a short break from their smartphones. To encourage young people to take a break from their smartphones, YoungMinds and Cyber Aware are highlighting the benefits of managing their phone use and how this can improve their wellbeing. Cyber Aware is also encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates as they contain security updates which are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device and steal your identity. Cyber Aware also recommends using a strong, separate password for your email account. Hackers can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, by asking for your password to be reset, and finding out personal information, such as your bank details, address or date of birth, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud. For further information and to download campaign materials visit, or follow us @CyberAwareGov. Report any cyber crime you are a victim of to Action Fraud at or contact 0300 123 2040.
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 (Mon, 16 Oct 2017)
Hate crime can take many forms, such as assault, harassment or abuse, but all incidents share one thing in common - victims are targeted for simply being who they are. People can be targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, sexuality, religion, disability or transgender identity, amongst other examples. Many victims do not report these incidents and endure harassment for a long time. The campaign aims to reassure victims that they do not have to tolerate abuse and it is important to report such incidents, whether it's just one isolated incident or repeated harassment by the same person or group of people. Hate crime also applies to social media activity and should be reported in the same way as more conventional forms of abuse. How to report hate crime Victims are being encouraged to report all the hate incidents they experience to give police the full picture of the nature of abuse, and anyone in a hate crime situation is advised to keep a record of the incidents, which will also help any investigation. Incidents should be reported to the police as soon as possible on 101, or in an emergency on 999. If you can't tell the police, report hate crime to a third party such as Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the True Vision website: A new national online hate crime hub announced To tackle the growing threat of online hate crime, ensure better support for victims and help drive up the number of prosecutions, a new national hub will be launched later this year. The hub, run by police officers, will work to ensure online cases are managed effectively and efficiently. The hub’s primary aim is to improve the police response to the problem of hate crime online. Following referral to the national hub via Truevision, the police website to report hate crime, individual complaints will be assessed, and relevant cases will be assigned to the appropriate local force for investigation. Victims will be kept updated throughout, as police forces seek to bring perpetrators to justice. It is expected to be operational before the end of the year.
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Take Five campaign launches to help the public spot financial scams (Fri, 29 Sep 2017)
This comes as criminals increasingly use sophisticated impersonation scams to trick customers into giving away their personal or financial information. In these scams fraudsters contact customers by phone, email or text pretending to represent a trusted organisation, such as a bank, and request further information such as a full password or PIN. This information is then used by criminals to access customer accounts, withdraw money or make card payments. Fraudsters also scam customers into transferring money directly into a safe account or into the account of a supposed trusted organisation. The Take Five campaign highlights these scams to help the public recognise them; and encourages everyone to question uninvited approaches and never give out personal or financial details. Katy Worobec, Head of Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention, Cyber and Data Sharing at UK Finance, said: “Tackling fraud is a top priority for the entire industry. Our Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign in partnership with the Home Office will make sure customers know what to do to stay safe from the latest scams. Through the campaign we want to encourage all customers to remember to Take Five by saying ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.” Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “Fraud remains a widespread problem and there is more to be done to prevent criminals from ruthlessly targeting people and businesses for their hard-earned money. The Joint Fraud Taskforce sees Government, law enforcement and industry working together to tackle some of the toughest fraud issues in order to protect the public. The national Take Five campaign will raise further awareness of how people can take simple steps to protect themselves against scams.” How to stay safe from fraud Take Five urges customers to help stay safe from fraud by following this simple advice: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you asking for your PIN, full password or to move money to a safe account. Never give out personal or financial information. Always contact the company directly using a known email or phone number. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Always question uninvited approaches, in case it’s a scam. You can find out more about the campaign, and get advice on how to beat the fraudsters by visiting the Take Five website, and following Take Five on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to share the posts.
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Crimestoppers and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority launch a campaign to raise awareness of (Wed, 27 Sep 2017)
Modern slavery is a horrific and often hidden crime which destroys lives and damages communities and has no place in any civilised society. It takes a variety of forms, many of which operate openly in public places. To highlight this issue, Crimestoppers and the GLAA are running a social media campaign which will highlight the signs to spot. Posts will be published on Crimestoppers’ [Facebook]"Facebook") and Twitter channels; as well as the GLAA’s Facebook and Twitter channels. Signs to spot include: Show signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment Look unkempt, often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene Be under the control and influence of others Live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation Have no access or control of their passport or identity documents Appear scared, avoid eye contact, seem untrusting Be collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis May have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment May be isolated from the local community and their family Emily Van der Lely, Crimestoppers Lead on Slavery, said: “It’s so awful to hear that slavery is even an issue in this day and age, but we want to reassure victims that it is an issue that is taken extremely seriously, and make it clear to perpetrators that they will be found and prosecuted. “By launching this campaign, we will educate the public as to the signs to spot and let them know that they can take action on this horrendous crime, without compromising their anonymity. They will never have to give a statement to police, or go to court. No-one will ever know where the information came from.” Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the GLAA, said: “The public need to understand and be aware that modern slavery is happening right now, in and around the communities they live. “Exploiting someone for their labour, forcing them to work, using people as commodities – these practices are abhorrent and we need the public’s help to stamp it out. Crimestoppers’ support will be invaluable in giving people the confidence to report their concerns.” If you suspect modern slavery, you can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their online form at:
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Home Office Announces Police Pay Award (Tue, 12 Sep 2017)
A summary of the police pay and benefits, allowing you to see the pay brackets for officers, is published below: Summary of national pay and benefits (as at 1st September 2017) Police officers are eligible to receive a range of pay and benefits, including: * a basic annual starting salary of between £19,971 and £23,124 for constables, rising to £38,382 within 7 years of joining; a minimum of 22 days of annual leave, rising with service to 30 days, plus bank holidays; access to a valuable pension scheme; a flexible working schedule, including career breaks; enhanced maternity pay and leave and parental support pay (up to two weeks), as well as other additional provisions for new parents, including adoptions; paid allowances to compensate for disruption to family life and the demands of the role; sick leave on full pay for up to six months; a fair and inclusive promotion policy; and, temporary promotion opportunities which attract an enhanced salary and/or acting up allowance. Individual forces may offer a range of additional benefits such as childcare vouchers, employee assistance programmes and lifestyle discounts. Basic pay From 1 September 2017, basic rates of annual pay for police officers are: Police constables: £19,971 - £23,124 (minimum) depending on skills and experience - £38,382 (maximum) Sergeants: £39,693 (minimum) - £43,134 (maximum) Inspectors: £49,176 (minimum) - £53,340 (maximum) Inspectors (London): £51,330 (minimum) - £55,512 (maximum) Chief Inspectors: £54,432 (minimum) - £56,670 (maximum) Chief Inspectors (London): £56,601 (minimum) - £58,833 (maximum) Superintendents: £65,478 (minimum) - £77,340 (maximum) Chief Superintendents: £81,156 (minimum) - £85,614 (maximum) Assistant Chief Constables: £98,538 (minimum) - £111,249 (maximum) Deputy Chief Constables and Chief Constables pay is determined by the size of the force and level of crime demand. Additional pay allowances In addition to basic pay, police officers in London receive regional allowances of up to £6,735 per annum. Police officers in Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey or Thames Valley constabulary may receive regional allowances of up £3,000 per annum. Police officers in Bedfordshire, Hampshire or Sussex constabulary may receive regional allowances of up £2,000 per annum. Police officers meeting the relevant criteria may also receive additional allowances, for example, unsocial hours allowance, on call allowance and motor vehicle allowance. Pay progression Police officers receive annual incremental pay of between 2% or more, depending on rank and experience, in addition to any annual pay awards. This is dependent upon an officer’s performance having been graded as either ‘satisfactory’ or above in the annual appraisal. Dependent on satisfactory performance, a constable will typically reach the top of their pay scale in 5-7 years; other ranks in 3-4 years. Pension Police officers are entitled to membership of a defined benefit pension scheme. Members benefit from employer contributions of 21.3% of their pay towards their pensions on top of their own contribution. All contributing members are able to take their pension by age 60, with the majority able to take a pension sooner. The pension schemes not only provide for a pension for the member in retirement, but also an ill-health pension should the member need to be ill-health retired before their pension age, and pensions for a surviving spouse or partner, and/or children depending on the circumstances. Police pensions are amongst the best available and the benefits reflect the unique nature of police service.
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City of London Police's computer software service frauds campaign (Wed, 30 Aug 2017)
Computer software service fraud occurs when fraudsters pose as legitimate companies, and contact you, claiming there is a problem with your device. They might say that they can fix the problem for a fee, or alternatively they can compensate you for the problem you are experiencing. What these fraudsters really want is for you to unwittingly grant them remote access to your computer by installing software or visiting a particular website, and for you to give them your payment details. Protect yourself against fraudsters To help you protect yourself against fraudsters, there are some simple steps you can take. These are: Treat all unsolicited phone calls and e-mails with scepticism and don’t give out any personal information. If you receive such communication, delete the e-mail or hang up the phone. Remember, computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer or e-mails about security updates. Even if the caller is able to provide you with details such as your full name, don’t give out any personal or financial information during a cold call. Never grant the caller remote access to your computer, never go to a website they give you and never install software as a result of the call. If you think you have downloaded a virus, consider having your computer looked at by a trusted technician in order to determine if malicious software was installed on your machine during the call. If you need further assurance, you can contact the firm directly using the phone numbers obtained from their contract or other trusted sources. The Computer Software Service frauds campaign From 30 August to 1 September, the City of London Police will be tweeting from the @CyberProtectUK Twitter account about computer software service frauds, how to spot the signs, how to protect yourself against fraudsters, and the importance of reporting this fraud to Action Fraud. All tweets will use the hashtag #CSSFraud. You can find out further information about how to avoid becoming a victim of Computer Software Service frauds by visiting the Action Fraud website. If you are the victim of a computer software service fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud:
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Specials praise as volunteer cops lead roads operation

1st October 2017

West Midlands Police has praised the dedication of its Special Constabulary after volunteer officers led an operation that netted a dozen illegal cars and resulted in four arrests − including a man on the run for three years. 

OfficersTwenty Specials joined forces with traffic cops on the overnight offensive − from 7pm on Friday till 3am on Saturday (22-23 Sept) − using number plate recognition technology to identify suspect vehicles in Birmingham city centre. 

A total of 13 vehicles were seized − including a Nissan Qashqai stolen during a burglary in August − while three people were arrested for drunk-driving and another who’d evaded capture since July 2014 having skipped court bail on a criminal damage charge. 

Officers with cars

West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott joined the operation. 

She said: “Our Special Constabulary works side-by-side with regular officers, supporting the force as part of the mainstream policing mix − and exercises like this underline what a hugely valuable role they play. 


“This was a really successful operation: 12 vehicles were seized for being uninsured, a stolen car was recovered and potentially very dangerous drivers taken off the road. The large number of officers in the city centre will undoubtedly have also deterred criminality and provided public reassurance. 


“I want to thank all of the volunteers in our Special Constabulary for the commitment they make.

Men aged 21 and 39 − from Hastings and Northfield respectively − were charged with drink driving while a 59-year-old man was released without charge. 


A 24-year-old man from Shirley was charged with failing to appear at court and appeared before magistrates on Saturday. West Midlands Police Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mike Rogers, added: ““The Special Constabulary attracts people from a wide cross section of the community with different attributes, views and experiences…people who can potentially influence policing and bring fresh thinking. 


“We have a very talented mix of people in our Special Constabulary, including pilots, NHS staff, a firefighter, factory staff and lawyers. We’re always keen to hear from people who want to join our ranks. 


“It sounds clichéd but no two shifts are the same: you never know what you’ll encounter, there’s a chance to get involved in operations, it looks good on the CV, and helps expand and develop your skills." 


Anyone aged from 18- to 65-years-old can apply to join the Special Constabulary. They must be physically fit, have no criminal convictions, and must commit to a 17-week training period before being sworn-in. People employed in some professions, including anyone with a liquor licence or pub/club door staff, are prohibited from becoming a Special. 


Specials have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform; hours are flexible but they are required to volunteer a minimum of four hours each week, or more if they can spare the time.






Nigel Green MBE


Dear Nigel,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Volunteers in Policing Team at Leicestershire Police, to thank you for generously sponsoring our 2017 Awards night earlier this month.

We have more than 800 volunteers who in the last year have dedicated an astounding 114,000 hours to the force. We are very grateful for your support, which allows us to fully express our gratitude to every single one of them, and give them the formal recognition they deserve.

At Leicestershire Police, volunteers have diverse roles and this year have committed their time to events such as Leicester Pride, Remembrance Day and the annual Download music festival. They have also provided vital support to police officers in high profile investigations, and went above and beyond to help the force in the days following the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.

They also help the community in other ways, including organising crime prevention events, monitoring CCTV in public places, and always promoting positive citizenship.

I am incredibly proud of all that our volunteers achieve and I find it a great honour to be able to celebrate their efforts with them. The Awards night never fails to ignite their morale and fills them with enthusiasm for the coming year.

The evening was a spectacular success and I have been inundated with positive feedback from our volunteers, guests and sponsors.

I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did, and your contribution was very much appreciated by all.
I am already looking forward to next year’s Awards night, and I truly hope that we will have the pleasure of working with you again in the future.

Please let me know if you would like any photographs or editorial content from this year’s event, or if you would consider promoting Leicestershire Police’s volunteering opportunities within your organisation.

Thank you once again for your kind support.

Yours sincerely,


Superintendent Martyn Ball




Volunteer officers have been “celebrated and recognised” after lending thousands of hours in the aftermath of recent terror attacks. -Article from Police Professional

‘National Specials Weekend’ took place from June 3-4 to highlight the work of volunteer officers across the country.

The event was disrupted by the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday (June 3), but special constables were providing additional resources in London and the North West within hours.

The week following the Manchester attack, Greater Manchester Police special constables delivered more than 4,700 hours’ service – valued at over £140,000.

Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, of Durham Special Constabulary, claims the relationship between specials and full-time police officers has “never been closer” as the Special Constabulary professionalises.

He said: “National Specials Weekend is the one weekend each year where the year round efforts of the Special Constabulary, as an integrated part of policing, are celebrated and recognised.

“Special constables serve on the front line of policing, across the UK, and do so for no reward.

“They face the same risks as their paid colleagues and it is right that we highlight the value they bring to our communities and share our thanks for what they give freely.”

This year’s National Specials Weekend – which kick-started National Volunteers Week – had no theme to enable forces to determine how best to use their resources in response to high levels of demand.

Many special constables were deployed in reassurance patrols and to support events like the One Love concert in Manchester – held on Sunday (June 4) to raise money for the victims of the recent attack.

Others were delivering road traffic operations and augmenting response and neighbourhood policing.

The Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers (ASCCO) also announced over the weekend that more volunteer officers will be recruited by 2020 “to add value to policing”.

North Wales Police intends to recruit 100 more special constables over the next three years. The other three Welsh forces have not set specific targets.

ASCCO chair Ian Miller said: “I think by increasing the number of specials, it gives resilience to police forces with the security threat.

“There’s an advantage in being able to call on fully qualified people to provide an additional resource during times of need.”


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