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Have your say on the future website (Thu, 23 Aug 2018)
The website was launched in 2011 to enable the public to see crime levels in their area, and the action being taken by the police and criminal justice agencies to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. Since its launch, the site has been developed to provide the public with more information, including allowing users to see how the performance of their police force or neighbourhood team compares with similar areas. The Home Office is working with Globant Consulting to develop the future website, and wants to hear from members of the public who would like to participate in paid, user research. The sessions would take place either face to face or remotely. The findings will help shape the future website and improve online policing services. As well as members of the public, we are looking for the following types of users of these websites: Researchers and academics Media, journalists and bloggers Civil servants and employees of charities Web and software developers (using data and APIs provided on both websites) If you are interested in participating in this research, please confirm your interest and provide your contact details by completing this online form. Contact details you provide* will be shared with Globant, for this research work and to schedule a session. For any additional questions please email:
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Crimestoppers launches a campaign to raise awareness of ‘county lines’ (Thu, 26 Jul 2018)
County lines refers to gangs and organised criminal networks which export illegal drugs into suburban, rural and coastal areas, using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal line”. These gangs move into a rural or suburban area where they set up base, and exploit children and vulnerable adults to move drugs and money. Many of those exploited by these gangs have been forced to carry out criminal activity by threats, grooming and extortion and can be described as modern day slaves. Increasing awareness To help the public understand what county lines is and encourage reporting to Crimestoppers, the charity has launched a national campaign. Social media advertising will help raise awareness of the issue. During the campaign, an ad van will be present in key cities across Yorkshire and Humberside, the West Midlands, Wales, Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex during the campaign, to inform the public of county lines and how they can help. Crimestoppers are working closely with the Home Office, who are running a campaign which targets staff who may encounter young people who are being exploited by county lines gangs. The Home Office campaign targets staff in the transport, private security and accommodation sector and provides them with information on how to identify if a young person may be being exploited by county lines gangs and how to safeguard that vulnerable young person. The Home Office’s campaign is just part of a wider range of work, set out in the Serious Violence Strategy, to tackle county lines. Spot the signs and report concerns Crimestopppers’ campaign shows the signs to spot which might indicate a child or vulnerable person is being exploited by a county lines gang. The signs which you might see are: A child or young person (sometimes as young as 12) in a shopping centre or high street, or on public transport during school hours or unusual hours (e.g. early in the morning, late at night. A child or young person who seems unfamiliar with the local area A child or young person being approached or intimidated by a controlling peer or group A child or vulnerable person who is deliberately avoiding authority figures such as police officers or security guards More people calling at a local address than normal, sometimes at unsociable hours Suspicious vehicles or people at an address A neighbour who has not been seen for a while If you see something that doesn’t feel right, or looks suspicious, you can report your concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers. You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or send an untraceable online form at
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Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers (Wed, 11 Jul 2018)
The awards recognise the commitment and dedication shown by special constables, police support volunteers, volunteer police cadets and volunteers within Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners. You can nominate a police volunteer who you feel deserves special recognition via this online form. The deadline for submitting your nomination is midnight on Sunday 22 July. There are individual and team awards across 10 categories. Last year, over 600 nominations were submitted, and 42 outstanding candidates were shortlisted. Last year’s winners included: A puppy breeding scheme for police dogs in West Midlands, run by police support volunteers A special constable who set up a Joint Response Unit in South Wales to coordinate police and ambulance response to incidents A group of volunteer police cadets from Kensington and Chelsea who organised a residential camp in the Isle of Wight for young people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire Recognising the commitment of volunteers in policing Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The Lord Ferrers Awards is an important occasion where we can recognise the selfless commitment demonstrated by volunteers in policing. “British policing is the envy of the world, and volunteers play a crucial role in keeping it that way by strengthening links with communities. “I hope police officers and staff will put forward volunteers they work alongside, and that members of the public will take this opportunity to nominate volunteers in policing who have had an impact on their lives.”
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National Democracy Week – elected Police and Crime Commissioners bring a public voice to policing (Tue, 03 Jul 2018)
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) – or the Mayor in London and Greater Manchester – are elected to hold the police to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective. They are there to ensure the policing needs of the public are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled by the police. They bring a public voice to policing and do this by: engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans; ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable. Represent the entire community PCCs are required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office. The oath is designed so that PCCs can set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity. It reflects the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially and makes clear that they are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate. Make sure you have your say You can find out who your local PCC is by visiting the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website at The inaugural National Democracy Week is taking place this week (2 – 6 July 2018). One of the aims of National Democracy Week is to encourage all members of the public to get involved with our democracy. As part of this, you can check check you’re registered to vote by visiting To mark the Week, the chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, David Lloyd has published a blog on PCCs' democratic engagement which you can read here. More details about the Week can be found on the Cabinet Office website and by following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkDemocracy
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Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers (Fri, 08 Jun 2018)
The awards recognise the commitment and dedication shown by special constables, police support volunteers, volunteer police cadets and volunteers within Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners. You can nominate a police volunteer who you feel deserves special recognition via this online form. The deadline for submitting your nomination is midnight on Sunday 22 July. There are individual and team awards across 10 categories. Last year, over 600 nominations were submitted, and 42 outstanding candidates were shortlisted. Last year’s winners included: A puppy breeding scheme for police dogs in West Midlands, run by police support volunteers A special constable who set up a Joint Response Unit in South Wales to coordinate police and ambulance response to incidents A group of volunteer police cadets from Kensington and Chelsea who organised a residential camp in the Isle of Wight for young people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire Recognising the commitment of volunteers in policing Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The Lord Ferrers Awards is an important occasion where we can recognise the selfless commitment demonstrated by volunteers in policing. “British policing is the envy of the world, and volunteers play a crucial role in keeping it that way by strengthening links with communities. “I hope police officers and staff will put forward volunteers they work alongside, and that members of the public will take this opportunity to nominate volunteers in policing who have had an impact on their lives.”
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Police forces save £273 million in three years on equipment cost (Wed, 16 May 2018)
All 43 police forces in England and Wales have shared their procurement data, which covers items such as police helmets, shirts, and vehicles; as well as services like gas and face-to-face language interpretation. This year’s data also includes previously unrecorded items, such as police push bikes and police motor cycle helmets. The data collected on the new items will be used to highlight areas where police forces could work together to procure equipment in a more collaborative, cost-effective way, and the government will work with the sector to ensure that this is the case going forward. The data is published on this site, allowing you to see how much your local force has spent over the past year. Identifying opportunities to achieve savings Most of the savings from this year’s figures result from the police-led Collaborative Law Enforcement Programme. It actively supports forces to achieve savings through collaboration and standardisation and aggregation in areas such as uniform and vehicles. Some examples of the savings achieved include: forces across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire bought uniforms together to halve the cost of their fleeces from £32.95 to £15.95. four forces in Yorkshire - South Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police – worked together to reduce prices of vehicles by up to £10,000 per vehicle since 2016 to 2017. Nick Hurd, Minister for Police and Fire, said: “This year, taxpayers will be investing an additional £460 million in our police system. They do not expect the police to waste their money through inefficient procurement. I congratulate the police on impressive progress in recent years to squeeze out inefficiency. However these numbers show that the work is not complete. We will continue to work with the police to make sure that the taxpayer is getting value for money.”
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A new campaign advises the public how they can secure their vehicle against theft (Tue, 03 Apr 2018)
Through the Be Safe campaign, the Metropolitan Police is encouraging the public to play their part in the fight against crimes committed on scooters, motorcycles and mopeds. Often, criminals steal these vehicles to commit further offences. By preventing these vehicles from being stolen in the first place, it is hoped that this, along with policing activity, will reduce further crimes being committed. To highlight the risk of this type of theft, the Metropolitan police has produced this video: Be Safe - Lock, Chain and Cover The campaign advises owners of scooters, motorcycles and mopeds to: Lock: use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. Chain: use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture. Cover the bike as it makes it less attractive and harder for thieves to steal. Stemming the rise in moped, scooter and bike-enabled crime Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Territorial Policing, said: "The Metropolitan Police has put a huge amount of effort into stemming the rise in moped-enabled crime, and are now seeing reductions, which is great. However, we are not complacent. All the new tactics and technology we have introduced will be backed up by really proactive policing. "Today, I'd like to ask all scooter or moped users to become a part of our effort to make life harder for these criminals. Lock, chain, and cover your bike when you leave it. It is simple, yet effective, and if it makes a thief think twice before stealing your bike, then it's worth it." Tony Campbell, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: "The motorcycle industry is working closely with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office to help tackle scooter theft and associated crimes, and spread the message that locking and covering a motorcycle or scooter will make it a less desirable target to opportunistic thieves. We are therefore calling on all owners of powered two wheelers and everyone working in the industry to get behind a culture of always using physical security."
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Government takes action to tackle domestic abuse (Tue, 20 Mar 2018)
Tackling domestic violence and abuse is one of this Government’s top priorities, and the Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke, have announced a wide range of legislative proposals for a landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill, alongside a package of practical action to tackle the harms caused by domestic abuse and support victims and survivors to rebuild their lives. In recent years much has been done to improve the response to domestic abuse, including the new offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. Building on these measures, the government has launched a consultation seeking views on measures to be included in the draft Domestic Abuse Bill. These include: Potential for the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare’s Law, to be enshrined in legislation. This allows police to disclose information about previous violent offending by a new or existing partner, and builds better protection for victims. It has already been rolled out operationally across the country. Proposals to give domestic abuse victims the same status in court as those who have suffered modern slavery or sex offences, so that they would be automatically eligible for the range of special measures available in criminal proceedings, such as giving evidence behind a screen or via video link. Creating a statutory aggravating factor in sentencing, similar to those already in law for hate crimes, for domestic abuse to toughen sentences when it involves or affects a child Creation of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner to hold the government to account. Recognising economic abuse as a type of domestic abuse. This would cover controlling circumstances in which victims have finances withheld, are denied access to employment or transport, or are forced to take out loans and enter into other financial contracts. Our recognition will improve understanding among frontline professionals, law enforcement officers and prosecutors so we can take action more quickly and effectively to better support victims. Launching the consultation, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Domestic abuse takes many forms, from physical and sexual abuse, to controlling and coercive behaviour that isolates victims from their families and has long-term, shattering impacts on their children. The consultation we are launching today includes a number of proposals which have the potential to completely transform the way we tackle domestic abuse, providing better protection to victims and bringing more perpetrators to justice. “We know that domestic abuse affects those from all walks of life. Victims can be young and old, male and female, and I hope as many people as possible will come forward to give us their views and share their experiences, as we seek to put an end to this abhorrent crime for good.” Responding to the consultation We want to hear from those who have been affected by abuse victims and survivors, support organisations and research experts. We are also interested in the views of professionals across policing, criminal justice, health, welfare, education and local authorities who deal with these issues every day. You can find more information on the consultation and submit your responses here. If you have a concern about someone you know, or someone you are in a relationship with you should contact your police force on 101. You should always dial 999 in an emergency.
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Department for Education launches “Together, we can tackle child abuse” campaign (Fri, 23 Feb 2018)
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. However, many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. To tackle the barriers that stop people reporting their concerns, the Together, we can tackle child abuse campaign seeks to inform the public about the signs to spot a child who is a victim of abuse or neglect, and explains how they can report their concerns. Spot the signs There are many signs that indicate a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect; and these will differ depending on the child’s or young person’s age and the nature of the child abuse or neglect they are experiencing. To help people feel confident in spotting the signs, the campaign encourages people to look for any changes in a child’s Appearance, Behaviour and Communication. The A B C signs to spot: Appearance: such as unusual injuries, or consistently poor hygiene Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive, self harming, or any other sudden changes in behaviour Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language, or becoming secretive Reporting concerns Many people do not report their concerns because they’re worried about being wrong. However, you don’t have to be absolutely certain – if you have concerns that a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, you can report it anonymously to your local council, the NSPCC, or your local police who can provide the support a child may need. Last year nearly 400,000 children in England were supported because someone noticed they needed help. By reporting your concerns, you could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe. For more information on the campaign, and details of how to report concerns, visit the Department for Education’s website: The Department for Education will also be posting information on how to spot the signs and report concerns on social media. You can support the campaign by following #tackleabusetogether on social media and sharing the posts with your family and friends.
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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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Protect the Protectors Bill receives Royal Assent

Fed welcomes announcement despite harsher punishment proposals being shunned by government.

A new law designed to protect police officers from assaults has today been enshrined in law.

People who assault emergency workers will face longer jail terms thanks to the so-called Protect the Protectors law, which will come into force in November.

The new legislation makes it an aggravating factor to assault or sexually assault a police officer or any other member of the emergency services, punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

The Police Federation of England and Wales wants the prison sentence increased and says its campaign has not yet finished.

John Apter, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “This has come after an incredible amount of hard work and lobbying by us. Being assaulted – whether you are a police officer, firefighter, prison officer or paramedic – is unacceptable and the sentences should be harsher.

“Whilst we didn’t get everything that we wanted in this Bill, it is a start and a significant improvement on what we had. We welcome it but our journey to ‘protect the protectors’ hasn’t finished – we will continue to lobby to ensure that when our members and other emergency services are assaulted, those responsible are given harsher sentences than they have in the past."

PFEW had been lobbying for an assault on an emergency worker to carry a maximum sentence of 24 months in prison, which was rejected in favour of 12 months.

As it stands however, magistrates are unable to impose this increased tariff as their sentencing powers are still limited to six months.

In order to change that the government will need to enact another piece of legislation, which has been sitting dormant on the statute books since 2003. If that does not happen, the 12 month maximum would only be available for those offenders sentenced at a crown court. 

Home Office figures show there were more than 26,000 reported assaults against police officers (including British Transport Police) in England and Wales during 2017/18. However the Fed believes the true figure is significantly higher.

Mr Apter added: “Attacks on blue light workers should never be considered ‘just part of the job’ and I hope this new law will act as a strong deterrent for those who think that it is acceptable to assault police officers or other emergency service workers and appropriately punish those who do.”

The law also provides extra protection to unpaid volunteers who support the delivery of emergency services including special constables.

Ian Miller, Chairman of the Association of Special Constabulary Officers, told Police Oracle: “Special constables are fully warranted officers and unfortunately they get a full share of violence against them.

“A vast majority of specials are on the front line and will benefit from this as it will give them added protection. We very much welcome it.”

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “Being attacked should never be part of the job for our courageous emergency services workers, who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.

“This law will ensure judges can properly punish those despicable individuals who think it’s acceptable to assault these hard-working men and women.

“Unfortunately I hear about cowardly attacks on police officers and firefighters all too often – they serve as a constant reminder of the threats that these public servants have to face, and this government will always stand with our emergency services.”

Chris Bryant MP, who laid the Private Members Bill, said: “The growing tide of attacks on emergency workers – including ambulance workers, NHS staff, fire officers, prison officers and police – is a national scandal. All too often attackers get away with little more than a slap on the wrist.

“I hope this new law will help put a stop to that attitude. An attack on an emergency worker is an attack on all of us and attackers should face the full force of the law. Now it is for the prosecuting authorities and the courts to play their part in putting a stop to the violence, so that emergency workers can get on doing their job in peace.”

The measures will come into force in November.

Special Impact -Summer 2018




09/06/2018 Queen Birthday Honours



Specials recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List - Ben Clifford, British Transport Police, Mike Rogers, West Midlands Police & Russ Hall, Devon & Cornwall Police. Congratulations to these and all Police Collegeagues who are recipients in this years awards. 





Chiefs to decide on special constable taser use

Second decision will follow the green-light for probationers earlier this year.

Chiefs to decide on special constable taser use

A decision on whether specials can be issued with taser is to be taken by chief constables.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has confirmed the issue is to be considered at its July meeting.

Earlier this year it gave the green-light for probationers to use the less lethal weapons.

Preparations for this to happen in practice are ongoing.

The issue of special constables and probationers having access to taser came back onto the agenda after the London Bridge attacks and the injuries suffered by PC Wayne Marques, a probationer who tried to fight three knife-wielding terrorists with a baton.

It was agreed to take the decisions in two phases, with specials’ access discussed after issues with allowing trainee officers to have it had been worked out.

A spokesman for the NPCC said: “Chief constables are set to discuss whether specials can be issued with taser at a meeting in July.”

Association of Special Constabulary Officers chairman Ian Miller told Police Oracle: “The view of ASCO is that taser is an integral part of personal protective equipment.

“Frontline officers whether regular or special should have access to taser if they meet the national standards and are prepared to undertake the training.”

Last year when she gave an overview of the debate around changing the rules, NPCC chairman Sara Thornton outlined reasons why some chiefs opposed extending its use.

She said: “The public are often very concerned about tasers and there have been cases where people have been harmed inappropriately and therefore we need to be very careful that we can reassure the public that when tasers are used they are used by officers who are knowledgeable, mature in their assessment and therefore we need to take a careful approach.”

She would not be drawn on her own view.


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. Twenty 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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