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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

February 25, 2005: More Special Constables

An extra 1,500 special constables have been recruited. This is the first time their numbers have risen since the Second World War. Special constables are volunteers who serve as police officers in their own time, often in the evening or at weekends. They are appointed by, and are under the direction and control of, the chief constable of the police force area in which they serve.

Their principal role consists of local, intelligence based patrols and crime reduction initiatives, targeted at specific local crime problems. Specials have the full powers of a police constable within their force and surrounding force areas, including the power of arrest (which distinguishes them from, for example, Community Support Officers).

According to Peter Fahy, Cheshire chief constable and Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on specials:

“This is an exciting time for the special constabulary. The number of specials has been in long term decline since the Second World War but now we are seeing the numbers increase and what is most important is the quality and the professionalism they are showing. They are a crucial element of local neighbourhood policing. For many hundreds of years local people have assisted in keeping their neighbourhoods safe - long before the creation of a full time professional police force. The special constabulary is a reminder that policing can only be carried out with the consent of the public and the fact that local people can come forward with all the powers of regular officers and take on the role of a constable is the most powerful sign of that fact.”