CHESHIRE’S Special Constabulary dealt with more than 30 incidents of anti-social behaviour and numerous other incidents during National Specials Weekend last month.
National Specials Weekend ran from February 5 and in the west of Cheshire meant extra volunteer police officers were on the beat, to deal specifically with anti-social behaviour in the evenings.
Special Constables are fully trained volunteers who have the same powers of arrest as regular officers.
Special Superintendent, Celvyn Jones said: “We have been running this operation for several months now and it has proved to be very successful. It is the first time the specials have run an operation of this scale and its success meant we extended it over National Specials Weekend.”
“The Special Constables are all volunteers and carry out policing duties as well their day jobs and other commitments. More than 40 officers made a special effort to take part over the weekend, which resulted in some good arrests and positive work.
Six people were arrested by the Special Constabulary for anti-social behaviour or public order incidents and a car was seized for having no insurance.
A teenage boy was taken home when he was found drunk in the street. A local store was advised about selling alcohol when officers discovered an older teenager had bought the alcohol for the boy.
The team also attended several public order incidents and undertook patrols to deter any trouble.
The operation will continue to be held across the area, complementing work being done by other police teams to combat anti-social behaviour and disorder issues.
The operation means more Special Constables will be on the streets during the evenings and weekends, dealing purely with calls about anti-social behaviour or public disorder.
Any calls made to the main Cheshire Constabulary number about anti-social behaviour will be allocated to the Special Constables by the force’s control room.
S/Supt Jones said: “The Specials will then deal with all anti-social behaviour and public disorder calls in a particular neighbourhood. This will increase police visibility in areas where anti-social behaviour is reported and help with identifying offenders.
“Our aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour and public disorder in the west of the county and reassure residents that their calls are taken seriously.”
The officers also work to tackle underage drinking under ArcAngel, Cheshire Constabulary’s partnership approach to tackling alcohol related crime.
The Special Constables will confiscate alcohol from underage drinkers, contact the young person’s parents and hand over their details to the Neighbourhood Policing Team for that area.
People caught buying alcohol for young people or shops selling it to under 18s will also be the target of the operation.
S/Supt Jones said: “We have a large group of active, dedicated Special Constables in the west which allows us to run large projects like this one which hopefully will make a positive difference to residents’ lives.”
For more information on becoming a Special Constable in Cheshire, visit the jobs section of the Cheshire Constabulary website at www.cheshire.police.uk.