Time to Join Lancashire Police

RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables.

There are more than 400 specials working within Lancashire and a recruitment drive is now underway in Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley to get as many volunteers to sign up as possible.

Specials coordinator Nigel Walker said: “Being a Special gives a fantastic sense of being part of a professional team and the opportunities to learn important skills that can also be used in everyday life.

“The feeling that you are helping individuals and the wider community in all manner of ways gives a real sense of achievement.

“The work for specials is wide ranging – from general patrol to the policing of serious incidents and large scale events.”

The latest recruitment evening will be held at North Lancs Training Group, in Grange Lane, Accrington, at 7pm tonight.

Special constables are unpaid volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers and wear the same uniform.

They carry out local patrols, police local events, take part in crime reduction projects and help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Lancashire’s new police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw has also said he is committed to increasing the number of bobbies of the beat, recently pledging to provide funding for 50 new frontline police officers.

Paul Shoreman, 50, works for Lancashire County Council as a park ranger at Springwood picnic site in Whalley.

He has been a special sergeant for almost a five years, working in Hyndburn.

He said: “When I first started working for the county council’s countryside service I noticed my path sometimes crossed with the police. I think I have always had a interest in policing if I’m honest.

“The best part of the job for me is seeing the difference you make when you get a good result. Modern policing has changed a lot and there is a certain element of social work involved now.”

No formal qualifications are needed but applicants must be over 18.

For more information call Nigel Walker on 01254 353225.

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5:31pm Thu 24 Jan 13

mavrick says...

Police on the cheap, The cuts have bitten far to deep. Time to rethink the cuts.
Police on the cheap, The cuts have bitten far to deep. Time to rethink the cuts. mavrick
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7:59pm Thu 24 Jan 13

juanbbien says...

You can't trust a special like an old time copper when you can't find your way home
You can't trust a special like an old time copper when you can't find your way home juanbbien
  • Score: -1

9:45pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables.

May as well sign on for G4S looks like they will be controllimg the streets if the tories carry on with more cuts to an already crippled police force.

The cuts to the police is just another example of tyranny being cast upon humanity.

From 9/11 to tyranny in less than a decade .

Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables. May as well sign on for G4S looks like they will be controllimg the streets if the tories carry on with more cuts to an already crippled police force. The cuts to the police is just another example of tyranny being cast upon humanity. From 9/11 to tyranny in less than a decade . Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..? Info-warrior
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Old Alzheimer says...

Info-warrior wrote:
RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables.

May as well sign on for G4S looks like they will be controllimg the streets if the tories carry on with more cuts to an already crippled police force.

The cuts to the police is just another example of tyranny being cast upon humanity.

From 9/11 to tyranny in less than a decade .

Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
Re your question.

No !!!!!

Re Specials ??
Don't get me going !! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Info-warrior[/bold] wrote: RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables. May as well sign on for G4S looks like they will be controllimg the streets if the tories carry on with more cuts to an already crippled police force. The cuts to the police is just another example of tyranny being cast upon humanity. From 9/11 to tyranny in less than a decade . Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?[/p][/quote]Re your question. No !!!!! Re Specials ?? Don't get me going !! :-) Old Alzheimer
  • Score: 0

7:19am Fri 25 Jan 13

jack daniels says...

Info-warrior wrote:
RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables.

May as well sign on for G4S looks like they will be controllimg the streets if the tories carry on with more cuts to an already crippled police force.

The cuts to the police is just another example of tyranny being cast upon humanity.

From 9/11 to tyranny in less than a decade .

Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
Working?

Definitely not.

Sat on their a$$, for a large sum of money, that's a different story altogether.
[quote][p][bold]Info-warrior[/bold] wrote: RECRUITS are being sought to join the ranks of Lancashire police’s special constables. May as well sign on for G4S looks like they will be controllimg the streets if the tories carry on with more cuts to an already crippled police force. The cuts to the police is just another example of tyranny being cast upon humanity. From 9/11 to tyranny in less than a decade . Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?[/p][/quote]Working? Definitely not. Sat on their a$$, for a large sum of money, that's a different story altogether. jack daniels
  • Score: 0

11:19am Mon 28 Jan 13

RoverTheHill says...

I know many specials in my area, without them we would have a lot more problems than we do, for that I thank them. I'd much rather have an unpaid no-powers volunteer than a paid no-powers PCSO! At least then you know they are doing it for the right reasons and not just to earn an easy pay-check!

Blame the Tories as much as you like, but Labour paid over 10,000 people 17k+ a year to do a job that ordinary people are now doing for free? Yes we should have more real bobbies on the streets but things are difficult for most people and governments (not big business though it seems) so can't complain that they are asking for uniformed "vigilantes".

Thank you to all the specials who hold down a job and volunteer their own time. Get rid of all PCSO's and you might be able to afford to pay for more bobbies on the streets who actually have the power to do something!
I know many specials in my area, without them we would have a lot more problems than we do, for that I thank them. I'd much rather have an unpaid no-powers volunteer than a paid no-powers PCSO! At least then you know they are doing it for the right reasons and not just to earn an easy pay-check! Blame the Tories as much as you like, but Labour paid over 10,000 people 17k+ a year to do a job that ordinary people are now doing for free? Yes we should have more real bobbies on the streets but things are difficult for most people and governments (not big business though it seems) so can't complain that they are asking for uniformed "vigilantes". Thank you to all the specials who hold down a job and volunteer their own time. Get rid of all PCSO's and you might be able to afford to pay for more bobbies on the streets who actually have the power to do something! RoverTheHill
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