Work of Special Constables is recognised at ceremony

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Seven special constables have been recognised for their volunteer work and long service to Lancashire Constabulary.

The special constables, who all have full time jobs, were presented with certificates in a range of categories at a Divisional Awards ceremony

Three specials were nominated for Lord Ferrers awards which recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing.

Special chief inspector Adam Dennett and special constable Mike Newsham were nominated for the team award as part of the alcohol harm reduction team and special constable Nathan Waite was awarded student officer of the year. Special constables Jason Alston, Michael Climpson, Paul Spencer and Mustaq Adam were all awarded with length of service awards.

Lancashire Constabulary currently has 480 specials. They are unpaid volunteer officers who have the same powers as regular police officers and wear the same uniform.

Special constabulary chief officer Paul Airlie says: “These awards are just one way we can say thank you to our officers, who give up their spare time to support our regulars. They not only provide an incredible service and offer a range of vital skills, they also gain a sense of personal fulfilment. Being a special constable offers an insight into working for the force and many decide to go on and pursue a career as a police officer.”