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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Cumbria police efforts celebrated

A CELEBRATION of some of Cumbria’s police force has taken place.

Specials weekend will see special constables honoured across the country to help raise awareness of their work.

The event took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Special Constables were encouraged to raise awareness of the work that they were involved in.

In Kendal the Special Constabulary were called upon to help with the search of a missing person. They also helped with response patrols, assisting in arrests and vehicle checks.

As the weekend progressed and the focus changed to managing the night time economy, the Special Constabulary were again on hand to provide assistance to their colleagues in towns around the County.

In Workington, Special Constables had been assigned to work on antisocial behaviour incidents in the area. However following a serious road traffic collision in the town centre, they were redeployed to work alongside regular colleagues, and assisted with road closures and keeping cordons in place.

Special Constables in North Cumbria, together with their counterparts in Durham and North Yorkshire worked on Operation Lynx which ran over the weekend.

Special Chief Inspector Lee Grieves said: “This was a joint operation between Cumbria, Durham and North Yorkshire Special Constabularies.

“The operation was to proactively target travelling criminals in relation to rural crime, continue to gather intelligence and to raise awareness of the ongoing work being done by the three forces.

“The three forces have similar priorities in relation to rural crime and the operation shows how volunteer officers from three different forces can work together successfully as one team to continue to make our counties safer.”

Other Special’s in North Cumbria assisted their colleagues in dealing with antisocial behaviour incidents and patrolling the night time economy over the weekend.

PC Shirley Murray, who coordinates the Special Constabulary, said: “The service they provide is essential. They are called upon to deal with all types of jobs, from helping to deal with drunk and disorderly behaviour, to transporting arrested people.

“Over the weekend, a number of specific events had been organised to highlight the work of the Special Constables. In addition to these our officers were involved in a number of emergency incidents around the county.’

“All Special Constables are fully training in personal safety and we ensure that they are supported at all times. However, many of them have a lot of experience and do bring a vast amount of knowledge to the role.”

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “Cumbria Constabulary supports the Special Constabulary and recognises the vital role they have in successfully policing the streets of Cumbria.

“Many people forget that when they see the Special Constable in uniform, that the individual is volunteering their own time to be there. To be a Special Constable takes dedication and commitment, but is incredibly rewarding in terms of job satisfaction, helping people and making a difference in our communities.”

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