Police drive to hire more Special officers

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SUSSEX Police is looking for people in Hastings to sign up and become volunteer police officers.

The force already has 310 Special Constables working across the county, who have the same equipment and powers, as paid full-time officers, but has launched a recruitment drive to get more Hastings people to volunteer.

Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, Special Constables can also train to undertake specialist roles in response and road policing.

Sussex Police aims to have 500 Special Constables by March 2013.

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.”

Natascha Lampert-Montier, who works for Sussex Police’s IS department, became a Special Constable just over two years ago.

She said: “Being a Special Constable in Hastings is wholly different to my work in IT. For two-and-a-half years I have had the chance to work with police officers on the road policing unit, on response attending emergency calls, and been on patrol from 8pm to 4am in Hastings town centre.

“I have taken part in leaflet drops and high visibility patrols with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and helped support and manage the crowds at bonfires and carnivals.

“I like the variety of work and that I can choose my hours. I am a district liaison officer and lead a police cadet unit, opportunities I would never have had without being a Sussex Special. This fulfilling role has enabled me to give something back to my community, but also given me many valuable life skills, and make many good friends.”

Prospective Special Constables must be available for a minimum of four hours each week, learning about aspects of police work and undergoing full training.

To find out more about, watch the Sussex Police video blog on YouTube at www.youtube.com/wv=gTxpaDQVd58 or at www.youtube.com/wv=gTxpaDQVd58If

To make an application fill out the application on the Sussex Police website or contact Sussex Police on 101, or email uniform.recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk.