A total of 42 new recruits were formally welcomed into the Special Constabulary by assistant chief constable Mark Roberts − the biggest intake to date in the last 12 months.

During his address at the attestation ceremony at police headquarters in Winsford, ACC Roberts applauded the new recruits for their hard work.

ACC Roberts said: “Special constables play a vital role in helping the force to reduce crime, sacrificing their own free time to make a difference to the communities in which they work.

“Thanks to these men and women, and our regular officers, crime in the county is going down and we are bringing more people to justice.”

But Cheshire Constabulary hasn’t just had the biggest intake of special constables − it also boasts the biggest number of special constables, in ratio to regular police constables, across the North West.

Commending them for their hard work, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer said: “This new intake of volunteers to the policing family shows that people have valuable skills and experience that they want to use to make the people of Cheshire safe and feel safer.”

Friends and family watched on as the latest recruits read the oath of allegiance, and applauded as they received their warrant cards from magistrate Alan Davies.

Members of Cheshire Constabulary band played a range of Christmas carols before and after the ceremony.

The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who dedicate some of their spare time to support Cheshire police. They have the same powers as regular officers, and have all taken part in a thorough intense training course which saw them studying various aspects of policing including public order training, statement taking, diversity and human rights issues.

If you are interested in becoming a special, come along to an awareness seminar on Saturday, January 24. Visit www.cheshire.police.uk to find out more.