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Special constables step in to support police in Maidstone

Contributed by editor on Mar 25, 2020 - 01:30 PM

 

Volunteers from the Special Constabulary have taken part in an operation to help police the streets of Maidstone.


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On Saturday 14 March 2020 a total of 22 special constables assisted regular officers in dealing with issues including road traffic collisions, searching for missing people and locating outstanding offenders.

 

Those who reported for duty responded to more than 20 incidents, which also included calls in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells areas.


Two people were arrested by specials in connection with domestic abuse offences and their efforts also led to the location of a vulnerable person reported missing, who was returned to the care of medical staff.

 

In addition the specials found and seized a stolen motorbike, dealt with road traffic offences and also carried out foot patrols in the Headcorn area, following recent concerns over antisocial behaviour.

Special constables are volunteers who have full police powers, equipment and uniform and who work alongside regular officers at Kent Police. They give up a minimum of 16 hours of their own time every month, to help police an area of their choice.


District Commander for Maidstone, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: ‘Through the support of people who volunteer their time, the Special Constabulary allows us to put in place additional patrols to supplement our normal day-to-day resources. Their efforts afford our regular officers valuable time to make progress with other important areas of their workloads. Special constables perform the full role of their regular counterparts to assist the policing of our communities.

 

'These volunteers also help us to proactively target and respond to local issues and they make a valuable and vital contribution in keeping areas such as Maidstone safe.’

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