FIVE extra bobbies will soon be pounding the streets of Ellesmere Port, Neston and Chester.

The team of Special Constables has joined the ranks of Cheshire Constabulary after completing a 15-week training course at the force headquarters in Winsford.

Stephen Griffiths, Laura Edwards, Justin Owen, Neil Rawley and Diane Bespayli are the new kids on the block, and they'll soon be out and about around the division, putting their skills to good use.

Each bring different skills and life experience to the job, proving that no matter what a person's circumstances are, they have a lot to bring the role of a Special, from being a salesman like Stephen to an operations manager such as Justin.

Assistant divisional officer Mark Jones, who heads up the Specials in the area, said: 'The new officers should be more than pleased with themselves. The training programme they have completed is tough.'

The five new recruits are equipped with all the powers regular police officers possess - they have power of arrest, and they can go on the beat, conduct breath tests and work undercover.

ADO Jones said: 'The Specials really are an important part of the police force.

'They receive much of the same training as regular officers, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment.

'The main difference of course is the payment. 'Regular officers are full-time police officers. Most Specials do police work in their spare time in addition to a main job.'

He added: 'Specials get a taste of life in lots of different police work and they also have the bonus of flexibility.

'The most important traits of wannabe Special bobbies are honesty, integrity and confidence. We're after a degree of moral standard and personal regard.'

To find out more about becoming a Special, visit or ring Tina Shelton, Special Constabulary Co-ordinator on 01244 614026.