Special constables on the riseBy Victoria Smith
May 11, 2012
The number of special constables in Thames Valley Police has nearly trebled in the last four years.
A recruitment drive has seen the number of special constables increase from 246 in 2008 to 719 in 2012, with another 700 applications waiting to be processed.
Special constables undergo the same training as a police officer.
Their training involves 144 hours spread over eight weekends.
When they have completed their training, special constables have the same powers as regular officers.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Bennett said: “Being a Special is challenging and rewarding. We owe special constables a debt of gratitude as they volunteer so much support to their TVP colleagues.”