New Specials joining Norfolk Constabulary line-up for their photo

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 headquarters.

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 communities."

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 the same.

"Norfolk is always on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community."

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 commitment.

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 public.

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