A thank-you to some special Specials…

Just Regional
Jun 5, 2020 3 mins read

Special constables who have gone above and beyond committing more than 12,500 hours to help with policing duties during the covid-19 pandemic will be highlighting their skills this weekend – National Specials Weekend.

 Norfolk Constabulary has around 200 volunteer police officers who will be showcasing their work this weekend and getting a “thank-you” for all the time and effort and support they have given the force and the community.

When some of the specials were furloughed, or could not work during lockdown, they offered their time and energy to assist in the response and Norfolk’s Special Chief Officer Darren Taylor, said: “This weekend focuses on a well-deserved thank-you, particularly during a challenging time for most people.

“We very much value the commitment of our special constables and the time they give to the community. They also get some incredible experiences from the voluntary work they do, and we would encourage anyone who feels inspired to join us to come forward.”

 Chief Constable Simon Bailey added: “We highly value the dedication of our special constables, they are an integral element of the Norfolk police family and their additional support during this exceptional time has been especially welcomed – I would like to thank each of them for their dedication and commitment.”

You can follow the specials over the weekend on Twitter by following @norfolkspecials and @CODarrenTaylor or by searching the hashtag #specialsweekend20.

Some of the officers will also be live tweeting what they are involved in to give a flavour of their work across the county.

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary can click here or call 01953 425699, ext 2373 for an informal chat about the role.

Special Sergeant Bill Grint, Sprowston

Bill, pictured, usually works as a self-employed driving instructor in his day job. After the covid pandemic struck, he committed to more hours as a special.

He has been a special for around five years and explains what he likes about the role: “I enjoy it and I’d rather be out helping than stuck at home, particularly at the moment. I get a real sense of reward doing this role.

“If I get called to a domestic and someone is having a really awful time, I feel I can make a difference to that person’s life and that’s a positive feeling, to get them out of that situation.”

Based in Broadland, the 27-year-old already commits around 100 hours a month to the role. However, in April he worked nearly 180 hours and has already clocked up more than an additional 100 hours already. So far, he has been involved in four arrests and helped deal with 98 CADs (callouts).

He is based with Sprowston Team 1 and has committed full-time to a shift pattern of earlies, lates and night shifts with his colleagues. He has been going on emergency calls, has been part of the covid-specific response which deals with breaches of legislation as well as attending road traffic collisions and domestic incidents.

Bill is married with a partner who works full-time, which means they are like ships in the night on different shifts, although Sgt Grint gets four days off and makes the dinner…

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