Leicestershire Police campaign encourages Melton people to make a contribution in their community by joining the Special Constabulary

Special sergeants Izabela Kos and John Blagden are supporting Leicestershire Police's #COULDYOU recruitment campaign EMN-150608-110806001
Special sergeants Izabela Kos and John Blagden are supporting Leicestershire Police's #COULDYOU recruitment campaign EMN-150608-110806001
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Leicestershire Police has launched a recruitment campaign encouraging Melton people to make a valuable contribution in their community by joining the Special Constabulary.

The #COULDYOU campaign ius aiming to increase the number of special officers across the county. Specials are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers and typically spend around four hours a week, or more, working alongside and supporting regular officers to tackle crime in their communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said: “We’re fortunate to have some fantastic specials with a wide range of skills who contribute to keeping Leicestershire safe. They have a number of roles within the organisation from neighbourhood policing to patrol and resolution teams.

“The Special Constabulary has been around for decades and is a valuable resource in delivering and improving our service to the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

In line with the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan 2013-2017, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader set a target to reach 1,000 volunteers by March 2017 - 400 of these to the Special Constabulary.

A promotional video has been launched to support the campaign, featuring six serving specials who offer their time for the benefit of their communities and the people who are part of it.

It shows how they combine being in full-time employment or bringing up a family with being warranted officers, helping to protect the communities they serve while developing their personal and professional skills.

Special sergeant John Blagden joined the specials over three years ago. He said: “I get an enormous satisfaction out of being a special, helping in my community and developing my personal skills.”

Visit leics.police.uk/couldyou for more information on the role of a special or to register for an information seminar which give people the opportunity to find out first-hand what it’s like to be a special with advice from serving specials and the chance to be involved in role plays.

Join in the conversation on social media by using #COULDYOU