Sussex Police To Recruit More Volunteers

Monday 30th May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Volunteers week special constables

Have you got what it takes to be a special constable in Eastbourne?

Sussex Police has more than 700 volunteers across the force and this week are recruiting for more volunteer recruits to come forward as part of National Volunteers Week.

Special constable will also be recognised on National Specials Weekend on June 4 and 5.

During the week there will be videos posted on the Sussex Police website and on our social media pages showcasing the great work our volunteers do each and every day. To follow the conversation on Twitter use the #volunteersweek

The videos will feature Special Constables, volunteers, cadets and their team leaders sharing their personal experiences of how they've dedicated their time to the force.

Follow our special constables during National Specials Weekend on twitter, they will be participating in many activities in your local area. In Eastbourne there will be specials carrying out dedicated anti-social behaviour patrols.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: "We are also pleased to announce that we are opening the recruitment window for Special Constables on Monday (May 30) until Sunday, June 12. If you are already doing a job you love yet want a different challenge in your spare time, joining our force as a Special Constable could be the right choice for you."

He added: "Volunteers, like special constables, police staff volunteers and cadets, are a valuable part of Sussex Police. I am delighted to be celebrating their contribution to the force."

Commenting on the importance of volunteers, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I am encouraged that the recruitment window is open once again for Special Constables who give their time for free to help keep Sussex safe, and bring valuable experience and diversity to the workforce.

“One of the members of my Youth Commission, Conor Simmonds, became a Special Constable last year whilst still at University. I had the pleasure of joining Conor and other Special Constables during an Op Manhunt exercise in Brighton, where they tracked down and arrested suspects wanted for crimes, recall to prison and those who had breached bail in the city. Conor told me that being a Special Constable has really changed his perception of the police and subsequently benefitted his work with young people in the community.”

Sussex Police has been working with David Huse, an expert in the field of volunteering who lead the work with the game makers at the London Olympics. He has been working with the force as a volunteer himself in order to see how we can innovate and improve the experience of our existing and new volunteers in the future.

To apply to be a special click here.

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