Major landmark for Special Constables

Dale Checksfield, head of Durham's Special Constabulary.
Dale Checksfield, head of Durham's Special Constabulary.

Durham’s army of volunteer police officers have reached a major landmark after clocking up 20,000 duty hours this year.

That means the 111-strong team of Durham Constabulary Special Constables have worked for more than 830 days, beating their 2013 annual total and delivering 5,000 more hours than the same period last year.

The Special Constables provide support to their full-time colleagues, undertaking activities including supporting community priorities, 999 response, roads policing and support events, as well as dealing with cyber-crime and fraud.

They work at least 16 hours per month, and wear the same uniform as their paid colleagues, with the same powers of arrest.

Temporary Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, head of the force’s Special Constabulary, and by day an offshore installation manager for Shell UK Ltd, said: “The achievement of 20,000 hours of policing in the first nine months of this year recognises a significant contribution from all of our officers.

“Against a backdrop of nationwide reductions in policing budgets and growing demands on the service, the importance of the Special Constabulary is growing by the week.”

There are plans to recruit further, with events to be held across the area, including on October 26.

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