Eleven special inspectors have been appointed to oversee Lancashire’s Special Constabulary, managing the policing activity of special sergeants and special constables across the county’s six policing divisions.
Special Inspector Peter Allen, Special Insp Jonathan Norris and Special Insp Dave Massam will undertake the role in Southern Division, covering South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire and Special Insp Scott Starkie and Special Insp James Ogunsakin will oversee officers in Central Division, which covers Preston.
All the special inspectors work on a voluntary basis, and the appointments come after Nigel Walters was selected as chief officer to head up the Special Constabulary earlier in the year.
Nigel Walters said: “Joining the specials can give a person a great sense of fulfilment. It is a rewarding role which gives them a chance to get involved with the community and make a real difference to the people living there.
“We value the dedication and commitment of the eleven special inspectors who have been appointed who are working hard to keep the people of Lancashire safe.”
Special Inspector Sonya Boden and Special Inspector Andy Smith will oversee Blackpool and the Fylde, whilst Special Inspector Ruth Gardner will manage the policing in Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre.
Special Insp Gareth Mead will take on the role of managing Blackburn-with-Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley – one post in the county’s Eastern Division is vacant and recruitment is underway to fill this post.
Special Inspector Laura Kendall and Special Inspectoor Andrew Blades will oversee Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of the Special Constabulary or who is interested in becoming a special constable is asked to call 01772 412128.