Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has welcomed the brand new Chief Officer for the Force’s volunteer Bobbies to his post at a time when Specials are making an outstanding contribution to policing in the county.
Clint Sharp has been confirmed as the new Head of Bedfordshire Police’s Special Constabulary.
“It’s a real pleasure to welcome Clint into his new role. I cannot over estimate just how important Special Constables are to the policing of this county,” said Commissioner Holloway.
“Clint works full-time, but is supported by his employer to lead Bedfordshire’s Specials. Many people don’t realise that Clint and his colleagues have full warranted powers, just like any other police officer,” she said.
“I never dreamed I would lead the Special Constabulary when I joined in 1995 and I feel incredibly proud to have the opportunity to take the reins. In my time with the Specials I have seen a number of changes, and am proud of the way we have grown. We continue to welcome Specials to the team; in July, ten new volunteers joined and will now have further on-the-job tuition and support from experienced colleagues before they become independent,” said Clint.
“Bedfordshire’s volunteer Police Officers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people I have had the pleasure of working with, fitting their volunteering in around their home life and other jobs. In the past month they have volunteered over 4,000 hours to help support their regular colleagues on duty, and continue to be a vital asset to Bedfordshire Police. I am looking forward to the next few months and seeing what more we can achieve in that time. I have set my team some tough targets but I’m confident we can reach them,” he added.
There are 205 Special Constables currently within Bedfordshire Police, of whom 11 are new recruits.
“A further 41 potential Special Constables will be attending training before the end of December 2017 and will be out and about serving our communities throughout this county by March 2018. We can always do with more though!” said Commissioner Holloway.
“What is truly impressive is that the average hours per officer have actually increased. Since last April, our Specials have delivered 76,163 hours on duty. In March 2017, the average hours delivered by each and every Special Officer were 32.8. This shows just how enormous a contribution they make and how vitally important Clint’s role is in leading them,” said Commissioner Holloway.
Anyone wishing to join the Special Constabulary is encouraged to apply. Special Constables must be over 18 and able to commit a minimum of 16 hours a month to the role.
Specials work closely with full-time Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) both to patrol Bedfordshire’s rural and urban communities, and volunteer in specialist units.
To find out more about the Special Constabulary and how to apply, information is available on the Force’s website.