Special Constables to appear in BBC documentary
A BBC DOCUMENTARY series focusing on Special Constables in Cambridgeshire is set to begin on Monday (July 1).
‘The Specials’ will give viewers an insight into the work of a Special Constable, their role and how they contribute to the police service.
Along with the usual drunk and disorderly problems on a Friday and Saturday night, The Specials also takes a look at the less visible side of policing from their personal and work lives, showing how they work alongside regular officers volunteering their time for free. The 15-part series will be screened on BBC One daily at 11am.
The 30-minute episodes feature Specials joining shifts in Cambridge, Peterborough and Wisbech, carrying out drugs raids with the force Tactical Team and assisting the security operation of a royal visit in Cambridge.
Assistant chief constable Mark Hopkins said: “We agreed to film The Specials because we wanted to show members of the public the work Specials carry out and how they contribute towards the overall effectiveness of the force.
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“People often don’t know about the work of a Special Constable. They wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and have the same powers as regular police officers, but are volunteers.
“The series will give a fascinating insight into this less obvious side of policing by following the specials from their personal and work lives to walking the beat, carrying out house-to-house enquiries, working on crimes and incidents such as road collisions, drugs raids and providing security at major events.”
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Cambridgeshire’s Police and Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, said: “I fully support the Specials and want to increase their numbers because they offer valuable assistance to policing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I hope that this series shines a light on the work they do and encourages other people to volunteer their time.”
For more information about the role of a Special and how to become one visit the recruitment section of the force’s website, cambs.police.uk