A Landscape Gardener, Zoo Keeper and an Email Marketing Manager were among the latest recruits to join the ranks of Cheshire’s Special Constabulary.
Twenty six Special Constables were joined by family and friends at an official attestation ceremony held at Cheshire Constabulary′s Winsford Headquarters this week (15th July).
Before stepping out to patrol in their neighbourhoods, the Specials were all congratulated by Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick and Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer who both attended the event.
ACC McCormick said: "Special officers play a very valuable role in supporting the work of Cheshire Constabulary and the service we provide to local people."
"It was an honour to attend such an event and meet the new recruits who we are delighted to welcome on board."
Mr Dwyer added: "Being a Special is a very rewarding, fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same".
"Cheshire Constabulary is always on the look out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community."
In the presence of Magistrate Mike Cooper, the group all read the oath of allegiance and received their warrant cards.
The Specials have all taken part in an intensive training course which saw them studying various aspects of policing including public order training, statement taking, diversity and human rights issues.
The ceremony also saw the ‘Passing Out Parade’ of eleven Special Constables, who received certificates to mark the completion of their training. They will continue to work on operational duties within the community.
The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular police force in meeting the policing needs of the community. Their roles include providing high visibility patrols and helping to police major incidents and events. They provide a vital link in the partnership between the police service and the public.
To find out more about becoming a Special Constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process, please visit the Cheshire Police website jobs page or use the following link to get to the Special Constabulary pages, www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/special-constables.aspx.