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Special constable recruitment drive for Devon and Cornwall police set to open

By WBJLock  |  Posted: September 30, 2013

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A RECRUITMENT drive to secure more speccial constables for Devon and Cornwall's police force will launch tomorrow, Tuesday October 1.

Applicants can be from anywhere in the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, but the Force is particularly keen to encourage applications from North Devon, Torridge, West Devon, South Hams and Cornwall.

Special constables are volunteers who work alongside and support their local police officers.

Duties include patrolling the streets, doing intelligence-based work in crime hotspots or taking part in crime prevention initiatives. They have the same powers as police officers and are an essential part of the Force.

All kinds of people from all walks of life can apply, as long as they are 18 or over, are in good health and be available to volunteer for duty for at least 16 hours per month. Teachers, bus drivers, nurses and postal workers are just some of the people who have taken up the challenge and are part of the special constabulary.

Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary, Mark Kastner, said: “Becoming a special constable is a big commitment, but is ultimately very rewarding. People join because they feel they have something to give and have a real desire to make their community a safer place.

"It is a challenging, but rewarding role that enables people to experience real-life situations not normally encountered by the majority of the population.”

Applications are invited from 10am via the Devon and Cornwall Police website at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/JoinUs/

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