Volunteers have played a ‘special’ role in crime fight

Beds Police Specials
Beds Police Specials

Volunteers Week (June 1-8)showcases the incredible work of all volunteers from all different areas. That week certainly applies to the Special Constables in Leighton Buzzard.

The 17-strong team contributed 1,800 hours since March – but much of it was completed on the front line.

The volunteers dealt with everything from possession of a dangerous weapon to driving offences and seized property including 10 vehicles as part on a crack-down on crooks using county roads. Officers continue to patrol crime and disorder hotspots and provide vital help on busy Friday and Saturday nights in Leighton Buzzard town centre.

Specials Chief Officer Wayne Humberstone commented: “The team in Leighton Buzzard has been involved in many initiatives, and is working hard to protect people in Leighton Buzzard and fight crime. This strong presence provides a visual deterrent to criminals, and helps reassure local residents that we are there for them.

“The value Specials add to the force is vital; they help us achieve our vision of being a well-respected, high performing, efficiently run police service. The team has contributed so much in such a short time and it’s important this is recognised.”

The Special Constabulary is the UK’s volunteer police force, made up of volunteer members of the public who wear uniform on duty and have full police powers. Bedfordshire Police currently has almost 240 Specials, but is aiming to more than double that number by Spring 2017.

To find out about becoming a Special with Bedfordshire Police, visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk