People are being invited to become a Special Constable.
A recruitment drive is underway in Blackburn to get more volunteers to join the ranks. There are currently more than 400 Specials working with Lancashire Constabulary.
The latest recruitment evening will be held at North Lancs Training Group, Grange Lane, Accrington, at 7pm on Thursday, January 24. Specials will become involved in the Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley areas.
Special Constables are unpaid volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers and wear the same uniform. They carry out local patrols, police local events, take part in crime reduction projects and help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Specials are asked to work a minimum of four hours per week in a single shift. No formal qualifications are needed but applicants must be over 18.
Specials coordinator Nigel Walker added: “Being a Special gives a fantastic sense of being part of a professional team and the opportunities to learn important skills that can also be used in everyday life. The feeling that you are helping individuals and the wider community in all manner of ways gives a real sense of achievement.
“The work for Specials is wide ranging - from general patrol to the policing of serious incidents and large scale events.”
The recruitment evening will allow people to hear more from other Special Constables and ask questions. For more information, contact Nigel Walker on 01254 353225 or email Nigel.email@example.com
More information can be found at www.lancashire.police.uk/recruitment/special-constable