Specials break records for Essex
Specials, the men and women in Essex who work as volunteer
police officers, have put in more hours than ever in 2010.
Latest official figures show that the trained officers, who have
the same powers as the regular paid force, worked a record 192,739
duty hours or 31,792 shifts.
Derek Hopkins, Temporary Chief Officer of Essex Police Special
Constabulary, said: "It is truly amazing that, with all the
pressure on people in their daily work places and with home and
family commitments, the already high levels of performance have
been exceeded in 2010.
"The continued enthusiasm and dedication from all the volunteers is
exceptional and I have no doubt that they will rise to the
unprecedented challenges facing the Essex Police Special
Constabulary through 2011 and in to the Olympics year of
There are currently 652 Special Constables working in Essex, who
work an average of about 25 hours per month, well ahead of the
national requirement to do 16 hours volunteer work per month.
Derek Hopkins has thanked all members of the Special
Constabulary for their efforts in 2010, and looks forward to even
greater success for this vital part of the local police service in