Three new Special Constables to be based at Hemel Hempstead Police Station joined 13 others as they were warmly welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary during their Attestation Ceremony at Police Headquarters last month.
During 11 weeks of training, Jamie Thomas (back row, third from right), Samuel Lake (back row, fourth from right) and Emma Whiteman (middle row, third from right) 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 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.
Assistant Chief Constable Bill Jephson 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.”
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire Stuart Nagler 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.”