Sussex Police seeks volunteers to become special constables

ON PATROL New special constables needed
ON PATROL New special constables needed
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VOLUNTEERS are sought to support Sussex Police by becoming a special constable.

The force is appealing for people to come forward to serve their community in Chichester.

About 310 people across the county already volunteer their time but Sussex Police hopes to boost numbers to 500 by March 2013.

Volunteer police officers have the same powers as and much of the same training as full-time officers.

They play a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams and can also train for specialist roles in response and road policing.

Chief Constable Martin Richards said: ‘It can be challenging but many people say that being a special constable is one of the most rewarding things they have ever done.

‘In the last six months local volunteers have shown their enthusiasm for the role by devoting more than 40,000 hours to supporting policing teams in Sussex.

‘The whole community benefits from their unstinting efforts as the Special Constabulary is very much about putting local people at the heart of policing. By applying to join the team you will build on the success achieved so far.’

To apply call Sussex Police in 101 or visit sussex.police.uk