York Police Thank Special Constables
6:01am 5th January 2013
While most of us were taking things a little easier over the festive period members of North Yorkshire Police’s Special Constabulary were out in force.
North Yorkshire Police say they worked from Friday 21 December 2012, known as mad or builders Friday, through to Tuesday 1 January 2013, and the volunteer officers performed in excess of 700 hours of patrols.
Whilst on patrol the Special Constables carried out duties including checks on licensed premises, issuing section 27s (which direct people to leave an area for a specified period of time), searching suspects and carrying out arrests, performing prisoner transport and seizing alcohol from people drinking in the street, say North Yorkshire Police.
New Year’s Eve brought a number of challenges for the force, and the Specials out on patrol played a key role during the night, say North Yorkshire Police. Adding that alongside alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour and domestic violence; they dealt with incidents caused by flooding, which had caused damage to people’s homes and disruption on the county’s roads.
North Yorkshire Police say that special constables worked alongside their regular colleagues as part of the annual Christmas drink drive campaign to reinforce the message that North Yorkshire Police will not tolerate this illegal and dangerous behaviour. Adding that during the campaign they took part in “show of force” operations in Scarborough, York and Harrogate.
Superintendent Richard Anderson leads the Special Constabulary for North Yorkshire Police. He said: “I would like to thank all those members of the Special Constabulary who gave up their free time, which could have been spent with family and friends, to make sure that everyone out shopping or partying were able to return home safely.
“The commitment of the Special Constables over the festive period shows how vital the Special Constabulary is to policing across North Yorkshire and the City of York.”
To find out more about the work of the Special Constabulary or to join their ranks please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/specials.
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