A special kind of weekend

Volunteer officers with potential new recruits in Halifax
Volunteer officers with potential new recruits in Halifax

Police volunteers showed just how special they are during a weekend of action in Calderdale.

As part of Specials Weekend (Friday, April 4, to Sunday, April 6), volunteer officers led an operation to stop criminals travelling across the Bradford border into Calderdale.

Working alongside the road policing unit and a team from Calderdale Licensing Transport Service they checked a total of 34 vehicles.

Of the vehicles checked faults found included: defective lights, defective tyres, insecure battery, warning lights on dashboard illuminated, defective windscreen washers, and wheel stud missing.

During the Friday night operation, one male was reported for having no valid driving licence and insurance, two vehicles were seized for having no insurance and four motorists were issued with tickets.

On Sunday, specials and volunteers staffed recruitment stalls at Sainsbury’s in Halifax town centre and Tesco in King Cross, Halifax. There was also an appearance from mascot ‘Sherlock the dog’.

Specials and Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Calderdale District, Acting Sergeant Alex Langley said: “The weekend was a good way to show the capabilities of the specials and inform the public how to become a special.

“Here in Calderdale we encourage our aspiring police officers to volunteer first and then become specials.

“We train them and give them exciting opportunities to work with police and other agencies.”