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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has commended West Mercia Special Constabulary for their hard work and dedication in serving the public.

394 officers currently dedicate their own time, as part of the Special Constabulary, with a large number of volunteers currently undergoing training.

Since April 2017, the Special Constabulary have worked around 60,000 hours. To put that into some perspective, that is nearly 7 years collective service in the space of just nine months.

Commissioner John Campion, who is also the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Deputy Lead on Citizens in Policing said “Our communities have an important part to play, as active citizens who contribute to keeping each other safe. I’m extremely grateful to those who volunteer their time in the Special Constabulary and it’s important they get the reward and recognition they deserve.

I am committed to building safer and more secure communities and champion the force’s approach to recruiting and retaining Special Officers, who work professionally and diligently to strengthen the regular workforce. They have a crucial role to play in my vision for a safer West Mercia.”

West Mercia Chief Superintendent Charles Hill said “The dedication and selflessness of these officers cannot be underestimated.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Special Constable for their precious free time utilised for the betterment of their communities and for their sense of duty protecting people from harm. The non-police experiences they bring to the role and to the service are a valuable resource that cannot be undervalued and people living across the counties of West Mercia are safer as a result of their individual contributions.

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Issued: Thursday 15th February 2017