It was National Specials
Weekend last weekend (3-5 June) – and we were
celebrating some of our most important volunteers, Special
With the same powers as their full-time
colleagues –our Specials Officers give up their time to keep our
railway community safe.
We have over 320 members of the Special
Constabulary across 76 police stations – and 69 of them were on
duty last weekend; contributing a total of 760 hours as they
patrolled stations and trains. Here’s a taster for what they were
Their operational endeavours started on Friday
(3 June) – when 10 officers patrolled late night trains in London
and the South East of England; making sure we’re particularly
visible during these times to deter Anti-Social Behaviour -
something that our travelling public has stated as a top priority
in passenger surveys.
One suspect was arrested for affray in Clapham
Just as violent disorder kicked off at Epsom
Derby (on 4 June) our Special Officers were ready to escort them
onto trains – and stave off any potential fights on the railways.
One suspect was arrested for disorderly behaviour and three for
drugs offences but there was minimal disruption for the travelling
Real Ale Trail
Meanwhile – in West Yorkshire – our Specials
were on hand to prevent any potential unwanted behavior as people
returned from their Real Ale escapades– alongside West Yorkshire
Special Officers. See ‘Specials
praised for patrol duties at Ale Trail in Marsden’ (The
Huddersfield Daily Examiner).
Specials ‘passing out’
On the Sunday (5 June), we welcomed five
transferee Special Officers – from other police forces; bringing
with them at least threeyears’ experience each, as they are
deployed to Wembley, Rugby, Coventry, Crewe and Aberdeen.
Ben Clifford, Chief Officer of the Special
“Last weekend’s operations are just a snapshot
of how our Specials play a crucial role in enhancing the service we
provide to travelling public – we put a lot of importance on our
Special Officers and have a lot to thank them for.
“If you would like to experience the varied
challenges of being a volunteer police officer, please take a look
at our Special
Constable webpages to find out more.”
Being a Special – want to find out
Visit our Special
Constables webpage to listen to why John and
Phoebe became a Special and how it’s made a difference to them.
Or watch our Periscope interview with John and
Katie about becoming a Special Constable.
We’re also happy to speak to you on the phone
about our latest Special Constable openings on: 0121
Follow @BTPSpecials to hear more
about our Special Officers are up to – as they experience the
varied challenges of policing the railways.