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Lancashire Police celebrate new Special Constables from Preston, Leyland and Chorley

Posted on - 12th April, 2024 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Chorley News, Crime, Lancashire Police, Leyland, Penwortham, Preston News, Proud Preston, South Ribble News
Group of Special Constables. Pic: Lancashire Police
Group of Special Constables. Pic: Lancashire Police

Lancashire Police celebrated their new Special Constables with an event in Hutton last month.

New Constables stationed at Preston, Leyland and Chorley celebrated the successful completion of a new training course, to recognise the contribution they make to keeping Lancashire’s communities safe.

Special Constable Robyn Watson who is stationed at Chorley won the ‘Best Special Award.’

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Winner of the Best Special Award, Special Constable Robyn Watson. Pic: Lancashire Police
Winner of the Best Special Award, Special Constable Robyn Watson. Pic: Lancashire Police

Karen Edwards, temporary assistant Chief Constable, who was presenting at the event, said: “I want you to be proud to wear the Lancashire Constabulary uniform because you have earned it. 

“You are amazing people, and I know it takes dedication to sacrifice personal time for a challenging, unpaid role, however being a Special will be extremely rewarding.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for you all to build on existing skills and develop new ones, and whilst it isn’t a direct route to becoming a paid police officer, Specials receive the same standard of training as a regular officer and can progress through the rank system. 

“Of course, the best reward of all is making a difference to the community, helping to keep people safe.”

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There are currently 107 Special Constables, 468 cadets and 304 volunteers operating across the force, contributing almost 10,000 hours in the past two months.

Lancashire Police said: “We adopt the National Citizens in Policing brand and we are very lucky to benefit from the skills and talents of a significant number of our local, inspirational people who volunteer in various roles across the force. 

“Citizens in policing are Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Volunteer Police Cadets that are all managed and supported by Lancashire Constabulary. 

“At Lancashire Constabulary we recognise the value and importance that volunteers bring to the policing community.”

You can find out more about their volunteering opportunities here

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