A new Special Constable to be based at Rickmansworth Police Station has been warmly welcomed into Hertfordshire Police following an attestation ceremony.
Anthony Pearson (pictured on the back row, second from left) joins 14 other new Special Constables who will be based at various police stations in Hertfordshire following the ceremony at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday, March 8.
During 11 weeks of training, Anthony and the other new recruits learnt about basic law around theft, public order, assaults, traffic, powers of arrest and ‘stop and search’. They also used a virtual learning environment which trained them in legislation.
Each graduate went through a rigorous selection process and had to pass a final exam and practical assessments to enable them to qualify for the role of Special Constable.
They were all joined by their family and friends.
Over the next 12 months, the new recruits will continue their training, allowing them to pass out as substantive Special Constables once they are assessed as fit for independent patrol.
Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Marren awarded the Specials with their certificates.
He said: “It is a great honour to welcome these new Special Constables to the constabulary. The work they do is vital in helping us to police the county. I want to wish them all well as they now move on to undertake this important role within the communities of Hertfordshire.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “We’re very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of Special Constables in Hertfordshire and they bring a different and valuable perspective to our policing.
“Our Specials have in the past provided specialist knowledge to some of the most challenging policing situations, including during major cyber attacks, and we want to build on this by recruiting even more people to the role.”
If you would like more information on becoming a Special Constable, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk and click on ‘apply online’ or browse the pages to find out more.