Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes finding out first hand about the work of special constables. Picture courtesy of Hampshire Police.
THE work of special constables on the Isle of Wight has been celebrated this weekend.
The contribution of volunteer special constables was described as vital, by Ch Supt Dave Powell, who paid tribute to their efforts as part of National Specials Weekend.
"We have 566 special constables across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, who provide a vital support service for their local policing teams and more importantly, their communities.
"We have a huge range of expertise as part of our Special Constabulary, from teachers, to stay at home mothers and retired businessmen and women, who all have something different to bring to policing.
"I would like to thank them for giving up their free time and often balancing a full-time career, with family life and then putting on their uniform and helping to make the streets of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safer."
On the Isle of Wight, specials' work includes supporting regular colleagues in dealing with anti-social behaviour on Friday and Saturday nights.
Chief specials officer Phil Keeling said: "Special constables across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will out this weekend in support of operations set up by regular officer colleagues as well running operations drawn up and managed by themselves. Some will also be undertaking normal patrol duties in support of regular officers assisting with ongoing day-to-day business.
"All of these officers no matter what duty they are engaged in will be doing so in their own free time between their work and family lives. For this I am truly grateful and proud of the time and effort they all put in to making their communities safer."
Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: "I highly commend those who give up their time to volunteer as Specials for Hampshire Constabulary. They are very important members of Hampshire Constabulary’s extended police family and bring valuable knowledge and experience from their different backgrounds.
"The Special Constabulary makes an important contribution to protecting people and places across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for which I thank them. It is important we recognise this through key initiatives like National Specials weekend."