Can I wish everyone a happy belated New Year! Volunteering is becoming ever more prevalent in our communities these days, I am certainly looking forward to what developments will come of the Special Constabulary in 2018.
2017 was a busy year for the Special Constabulary. Just to give you an idea, Specials in the East committed 7,410 hours keeping our communities safe and supporting the full time officers. This certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed!
December was a busy time, week in week out, Specials were assisting in Newport town centre on a Friday and Saturday night to keep people safe and ensure everyone had a pleasant end to their festive nights out. A few Specials were also part of a warrant executed in Alway, Newport. They were pleased to assist in positive action being taken.
Towards the start of January, Newport County hosted Leeds United at Rodney Parade. A small team of Specials were part of the tight operation to keep the crowds safe, from what I hear there was a brilliant atmosphere and we look forward to doing the same when Tottenham fans visit on the 27th January.
This month the JRU (Joint Response Unit) had an extra pair of hands assisting. SC Chapman, who joined the Special Constabulary in 2017, came out with Welsh Ambulance paramedic Chris Hughes and myself to get an insight on how the unit is run. You may well be seeing SC Chapman sometime in the future!
Finally, thank you for taking time to read my blog and we hope to welcome more recruits to the Special Constabulary this year to continue making an impact on your communities.
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S/Inspector Kyle Brown