Rewarded for our special job

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TWO volunteers who have dedicated nearly 2,000 hours of their time to helping police patrol Calderdale’s streets have been promoted.

Georgina Lobb and Danielle Pilling have moved up the ranks as special constables, becoming Senior Section Officer Lobb and Section Officer Pilling.

Senior Section Officer Lobb, who was has worked in various roles as a member of police staff since 1995, joined West Yorkshire Police’s special constabulary at the start of 2009 and has since given over 1,000 hours of her time.

Section Officer Pilling works for Greater Manchester Police as a major incident analyst in their serious crime division and became a special constable for West Yorkshire Police two years ago.

She has given nearly 900 hours free time and hopes to use the experiences she has gained to join the police as an officer at a later stage.

Both said they love their work and enjoy helping the community.

They regularly support Halifax North and East neighbourhood policing team by helping to provide community reassurance, assisting with policing operations and helping police community events.

Calderdale Police’s divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern, said: “The special constabulary is made up of people who care enough about their communities to give something back.

“Although Georgina and Danielle both work for the police, most of our specials have a day job doing something completely different. All bring their own skills and experience to help the police to support communities and make Calderdale a safer place to live and work.

“They are part of the team, and hopefully will learn new skills that they can take back to their workplace or into their daily lives.

“I am proud to be able to promote Danielle and Georgina to their new ranks and to wish them success in their new leadership roles.”

To becoming a special constable call Sergeant Julian Hartley on 01422 337238.