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North Yorkshire Police Specials Contribute 2,334 Hours Of Duty

North Yorkshire Police Specials Contribute 2,334 Hours Of Duty

Published by Karen Liu at 9:56am 19th May 2020.

North Yorkshire Police’s Special Constables have contributed to 2,334 hours during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 55 Special Constables have completed those hours of deployment over 405 duties between Monday 23rd March 2020 and Sunday 17th May 2020, as part of the force's response to the fight against COVID-19.

‘Specials’, as they are known, have been working with regular colleagues to respond to emergency calls, as well as engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing members of the public to adhere to the government’s guidelines on social distancing.

Special Constables have the same power, uniform and responsibilities as full-time police officers but volunteer on a part-time basis, managing their role alongside their normal employment. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds, bringing a diverse range of skills and experience to the role.

The force currently has 80 Specials who actively volunteer their time for the force with a further 14 student Special Constables from across the force starting their initial training later this month.

North Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable Lisa Winward, who started her policing career as a Special Constable with North Yorkshire Police in 1993 and is the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) lead for Citizens in Policing, has thanked the all the Specials who volunteer for the force. She said:

“The dedication from our Special Constabulary over the last seven weeks has been nothing short of extraordinary. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one for selflessly stepping forward as front line officers, helping us to protect the public during these unusual and challenging times.

Whilst they could have been staying safe at home, they have instead chosen to pull on their North Yorkshire Police uniform to help protect the vulnerable and keep our communities safe.

We are incredibly fortunate to have so many individuals in our extended North Yorkshire policing family who volunteer their own time to help make a huge difference to our policing capabilities.

Finally I’d like to thank the families of our serving Specials for supporting your loved one to join us on the front line – not just at the moment but throughout the years. Thanks to you, there are 80 extra officers out on the streets of North Yorkshire. I hope you feel as proud of them as we do.”

Special Chief Officer Sharron Moverley-Holmes said:

“Once again we see our brilliant Special Constabulary give their all in support of their local communities, going beyond what is asked of them and providing massive support to their regular colleagues.

Throughout our response to COVID-19, they have done a brilliant job as volunteer members of the community, giving their time to support the policing effort.  Initially, many were completing their duties alongside their full time employment but then many were furloughed, and so have been volunteering even more of their time to the frontline.

My thanks go to them all for their unstinting support, it is very much valued and appreciated during these very strange times.”

In Scarborough, Special Sergeant Robson Harrison, who attested as a special with the force a little under three years ago covering Scarborough, is among those stepping up to support frontline officers during the fight against Covid-19. He’s been working alongside regular colleagues by using both volunteer days and his annual leave with his employer Sky UK. He said:

“Volunteering as a Special Constable is the most rewarding adventure I have ever undertaken, it is a role like no other. When carrying out duties, I normally support my local response teams which brings with it its own unique variety of fascinating challenges. Covid-19 has impacted all of us and has by far been the most challenging yet, this has been reflected more so by the fast paced and dynamic way in which we have had to adapt our policing skills to best protect the public throughout the lockdown.

I am incredibly proud to be a part of and support a fantastic team of Special Constables who have selflessly and continuously worked to support the policing response to the coronavirus in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas. Collectively we have totalled 600 front-line hours in these areas since the beginning of March despite the risks that face each and every one of us every time we turn up to a shift.

My partner works in a hospital and unfortunately, she tested positive for the virus which was difficult for us both to apprehend. In a way, seeing how badly she was affected made me more determined to personally commit more time, to protect our NHS and to help keep my community safe.

No matter the risks or circumstances I will always serve my community with a smile and help to keep protect them. The experiences I have encountered whilst policing these past couple of months will stay with me for the rest of my career.”



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