DEPUTY Staffordshire Commissioner Sue Arnold spent the day with the Specials and neighbourhood policing team at Tamworth, to thank them for the work they are doing to support communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of her visit, Mrs Arnold met Chief Inspector Paul Talbot and Special Chief Inspector Terry Clair and joined the Specials on their patrols around the town centre, castle grounds and the Ventura shopping area.
Mrs Arnold leads on the volunteer portfolio on behalf of the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis.
She said: ‘The role of the Specials in protecting vulnerable people and helping to keep our communities safe has never been more important, and I am proud of the way each and every one of them has risen to the challenges the pandemic has presented.
‘Every day, our Specials go above and beyond the call of duty to support their colleagues, giving up their own time to provide an important link between the police and our local communities.
‘I thank them for the commitment they have shown, and the personal sacrifices they continue to make every day to ensure we all come through this crisis safely.’
The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteers who, when on duty, wear a uniform and have full police powers, carrying out the same duties as a regular police officer.
Find out more about joining the Special Constabulary here.