NORTH Wales Police Special Constables will be out on patrol alongside their regular colleagues and PCSO’s this Hallowe’en to mark National Specials Weekend.
The weekend is held annually and highlights the valuable contribution volunteer special constables make to policing their local neighbourhoods and communities.
The chosen theme for this year relates to combating instances of anti-social behaviour prevalent during the Bonfire night/ Hallowe’en period.
As a consequence the National Specials Weekend has been extended so as to incorporate both Halloween today and Bonfire Night on November 5.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Shannon said: “Those members of our communities who volunteer and don uniform to serve as part time police officers in the Special Constabulary are truly valued members of our policing family. Their contribution is unique and significant.
“North Wales Police has a long and proud tradition of using the skills and talents of these special individuals, who want to put something back into society in a practical way, in innovative ways which best serve the local communities from which they come.
“The work of regular officers, police staff members and PCSO's is all supported by the involvement of 'Specials' within the force and our communities benefit greatly as a result of their selfless activity, whether it be by way of patrol, responding to emergency calls or by simply engaging in every day direct contact with the public of North Wales.
“We wish to take this opportunity to thank our existing 'Specials' and always welcome aspiring individuals, both men and women, who wish to play a part in protecting our society through membership of North Wales Police Special Constabulary.”
Special constables will also be working late shifts this coming weekend throughout Flintshire and Wrexham assisting the regular officers and PCSOs.
A busy weekend is also expected in Wrexham after the recent opening of the town’s newly built shopping centre – Eagles Meadow. Specials will be out on patrol in and around the centre with officers targeting any potential shoplifters.
North Wales Police currently have 149 Special constables working across the force area - if you are interested in joining the team contact the Recruiting Department on 01492 804699. Application forms are also available to download via the force website.