Awards for police volunteering team

Special Constable Danielle Pilling receives Specials Student of the Year Award from Chief Inspector Kate Jowett at the Calderdale Speical Constables Awards

Special Constable Danielle Pilling receives Specials Student of the Year Award from Chief Inspector Kate Jowett at the Calderdale Speical Constables Awards

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VOLUNTEERS who give up their time to police the streets have been recognised for their dedication.

Special Constables – a force of trained volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers – last year carried out £139,000 worth of policing in Calderdale.

There are currently around 30 working in the division, who together worked nearly 6,000 hours in 2010.

An awards ceremony, held at Halifax Police Station, marked their hard work with trophies and certificates.

Twelve Specials were recognised for completing more than 200 hours of service last year.

Specials Team of the Year went to the Upper Valley team and Student of the Year went to 29-year-od Danielle Pilling.

Special of the Year went to Senior Section Officer Stuart Clarke.

Sergeant Julian Hartley, Calderdale Police’s specials liaison officer, said the volunteers are a valuable resource who carry out fantastic work.

The awards were held just a few days before National Specials Weekend, which takes place this weekend.

Special Constables across the country will be carrying out operations to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Chief Inspector Jaene Booth, from West Yorkshire Police’s local policing department, said: “We look forward to the Specials Weekend each year as it gives our renowned Special Constabulary a chance to show the county just how effective and professional their work is.

“Our Specials act as a link between the communities and the police and this weekend it will provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate how volunteer police officers can have such a positive impact on our society.”

Special constables need to be over 18 and reasonably fit. They spend at least four hours a week doing policing work.

The police are looking to recruit more Special Constables. For more information on joining or volunteering for the force in other ways call Sgt Hartley on 01422 337238.