Support your community and do something Special
6:00pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS for Dyfed-Powys Police were out in force at the county show on a recruitment drive for special constables.
Members of the special constabulary were helping regular colleagues throughout the three-day event, both recruiting and making sure visitors had a safe and enjoyable show.
South Pembrokeshire special police sergeant Kaylie Davies is based in Tenby and volunteers for around 50 hours every month on top of her full-time job at Withybush Hospital.
“The special constabulary is the UK’s part-time police force and they play a significant supporting role to regular officers,” she said.
“It is made up of volunteer members of the public who, when on duty, wear a uniform and have full police powers.
“Specials carry out similar duties to their full time colleagues and are a major help, especially at events like the Pembrokeshire Show.”
Specials are usually required to commit 16 hours a month and help regular officers to run events across the county, as well as performing day-to-day duties.
“Being a special is good experience for anyone who wants to get in the force,” said Kaylie.
“It’s surprising how many people are interested in becoming specials but do not know how to go about it.”
Kaylie’s been volunteering for six years and she gets to go out on patrol and answer calls by herself.
She added: “At first I saw it as a career opportunity for me because I wanted to become a police officer but now I enjoy it more as a hobby.
“It’s about supporting the local community and letting people know what we do.
“Being a special provides insight into the job, what’s involved and what happens. It’s good to get that kind of insight in this job because there can be frightening experiences.”
For more information on the Special Constabulary contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or visit www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/join-the-police/special-constables.
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