An aircraft fitter and a lettings agent are among new crime fighters working for Cheshire police.

Despite holding down a day job, 28 civilians were welcomed into Cheshire Constabulary to take on their new roles as Special Constables.

During a special attestation ceremony at the force’s HQ in Winsford on Monday evening the Special Constables were the latest recruits to receive their warrant cards in front of their friends and family members.

The officers, who come from all walks of life, were welcomed into the force as ‘valuable’ assets to the policing service by Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer.

He said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Special Constables to the force.

“I have no doubt that each of them will make a valuable contribution to the Constabulary and the communities they serve.

“I have always been an advocate for the Specials. They are not just there to supplement the regular officers but have meaningful roles. The Northwich Licensing Team is just one example of the significant difference the Special Constabulary is making in ensuring the public feel safe.”

The group all read the oath of allegiance in the presence of Magistrate Mary Radcliffe, who presented them with their warrant cards.

Mayor of Winsford Mike Kennedy, his wife Hilary and the force Chaplin Tim Coad, were all at the ceremony and offered their congratulations to the new officers.

The Special Constables will complete their personal safety training before being posted to neighbourhood policing units across the county.

To find out more about becoming a Special Constable, visit the Cheshire Police website jobs page.