16 November 2012
An estate agent, a dental nurse and a waitress are three of the
latest recruits set to don police uniforms after joining the ranks
of Norfolk’s Special Constabulary.
Some 10 new constables are set to patrol the county following an
official attestation ceremony at Norfolk Constabulary's Wymondham
And before stepping out in their neighbourhoods the Specials
were all congratulated by Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Hamlin
who attended the event on Sunday 11 November 2012.
"Special officers play a very valuable role in supporting the
work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to local
people," she said.
"It was an honour to attend such an event and meet the new
recruits who we are delighted to welcome on board. The commitment
and energy shown by Norfolk's Specials is truly admirable and they
make a significant contribution to the continuing safety of our
During the ceremony the group all individually read the Oath Of
Allegiance to local Magistrate Val Jenkins who is also a member of
the outgoing Police Authority.
Specials Manager, Sue Goode, said: "Being a Special is a very
rewarding, fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are
"Norfolk is always on the look-out for committed individuals who
are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their
Special Chief Officer Malcolm Pearson MBE also attended the
ceremony thanked Police Authority member David Reeve who has held
the Specials portfolio for a number of years, for his time and
Other occupations of the recruits included a customer adviser,
an insurance clerk, an RAF reservist and an accounts technician.
Areas they will be based include Breckland, King's Lynn, Norwich,
Great Yarmouth and Broadland.
The Specials have all taken part in an intensive training course
which saw them studying various aspects of policing including crime
scene and road traffic management, statement taking and diversity
and human rights issues.
The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body to help the regular
police force in meeting the policing needs of the community. Their
roles include providing highly visibility patrols and helping
police major incidents and events. Special Constables provide a
vital link in the partnership between the police service and the