Sussex Police launch new drive to recruit special constables in the county

WOULD you like to serve your community as a special constable?

Sussex Police wants to recruit more special officers to serve across the county.

There are currently more than 400 people who spend a minimum of four hours a week as volunteer police officers serving the local community.

Special constables have the same powers and much of the same training as full-time officers.

Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, these officers can also train to undertake specialist roles, responding to 999 calls and working in the Road Policing Unit.

The launch of the recruitment campaign coincides with National Volunteers’ Week an annual celebration of the contribution of millions of volunteers across the UK.

Special constables are part of a wider volunteering family within Sussex Police which include volunteers who help run public contact points, cadets who provide support at public events and partner organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch, Speed Watch, search teams and street pastors.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am a huge advocate of the benefits of volunteering and helping to make a difference in your local community,

In August I launched a recruitment campaign to increase the number of special constables serving in Sussex to 450 by 2015.

“Some of these officers have already started in the Force and I have had the pleasure of observing them throughout the various stages of their training.

“I look forward to welcoming another new cohort to Sussex Police following the next recruitment phase.”

Assistant chief constable Robin Smith said: “Our volunteers are a vital part of our policing family. Special constables have worked in Sussex for over 100 years and this role gives people a chance to get right into the heart of Sussex Police and, ultimately, the communities we serve. We are recruiting across Sussex but particularly appealing for volunteers who live near Rother and Wealden.

Last year, special constables volunteered over 80,000 hours with us; their professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm are admirable.” To find out more about what it’s like to volunteer as a special constable and how to make an application visit