Hampshire Police increasingly turning to special constables

CONCERN John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation. Picture: Sarah Standing (120272-9537)
CONCERN John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation. Picture: Sarah Standing (120272-9537)
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THE number of special constables used by Hampshire Police has increased since 2010 – but the number of regular officers has fallen.

Figures reveal the authority is turning to special constables as 100 more have been recruited in two years.

The number of regular police officers has fallen by 200 in the same period.

John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, told BBC Radio Solent: ‘What we have to do as the police federation is to ensure at all times that the special constables are the right people, in the right places with the right training, but they are always an additional resource, not a replacement.’