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PCC commends six special constables for one and a half centuries of voluntary work while setting up volunteer conference at Police HQ
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has singled out six officers working for the Special Constabulary for their long service totalling almost 150 years with Bedfordshire Police, as her office is set to welcome further volunteers to the  Independent Custody Visitors’ Regional Conference at Police HQ (Saturday 21 April).

Between them, Acting Special Chief Officer Clint Sharp, Special Chief Inspector Michael O’Mahoney, Special Superintendent Derek Grey, Special Superintendent Stephen Dobbs, Special Constable Tracey Bateman and Special Sergeant Martin White have volunteered with Bedfordshire Police for 149 years. As Specials, they have full police powers but contribute their time absolutely free of charge. All six received awards for Long Service and good conduct at a ceremony on Tuesday (10 April) at Police Headquarters in Kempston.

“These officers have proved absolutely outstanding in their service to the public and Bedfordshire Police. Our thin blue line is well understood by our residents and, therefore, the impact of the Special Constabulary is of particular importance in this county. It’s hugely important that we continue to recruit volunteers to boost the frontline.

“The Force currently has 1000 volunteers working in various roles from victim care to administration and maintaining transparency and public confidence. Earlier this month (4 April), the new victims’ support service, the Signpost Hub, was launched and will also be in need of additional support from volunteers to help care for victims and work as practitioners facilitating conferences for Restorative Justice - where victims meet those who committed crimes against them to explain the impact on them,” said Commissioner Holloway.

This week (21 April), the Commissioner’s office will welcome Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) from across the Eastern Region to a conference held at Bedfordshire Police Headquarters to hear from speakers and receive further training to help them in their role as volunteers assessing the care of those in custody suites in six force areas across the region, in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

“Independent Custody Visitors are hugely important in ensuring that those who are in custody who, we need to remember, are innocent until proved guilty, receive a proper duty of care. ICVs provide transparency and public reassurance that those in police custody are treated properly and lawfully. My office leads the East on ICVs and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the region’s volunteers and thanking them for their support and time,” said the PCC.

The OPCC and Force’s recruitment of volunteers is open throughout the year. For more information and to apply please visit our Independent Custody Visitors' page or Bedfordshire Police.