Specials Weekend: volunteer officers, making a difference

Specials weekend

It was National Specials Weekend last weekend (3-5 June) – and we were celebrating some of our most important volunteers, Special Officers.

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 up to.

Specials at the Real Ale TrailFriday night patrols

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 South.

Epsom Derby

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 public.

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’ ceremony

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 Constabulary said:

“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 more?

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 634 5630.

Follow @BTPSpecials to hear more about our Special Officers are up to – as they experience the varied challenges of policing the railways.

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