In January, Specials within Newport and Monmouthshire committed 662 hours keeping our communities safe and supporting the full time officers. Just to give you an idea, almost 50% of these hours were dedicated to response policing (attending 999 calls with officers).
On the 27th January, one of the FA Cup stages came to Newport. Newport County played Tottenham at Rodney Parade. SC Brooks, SC Walden and SC Farrington-Cox pictured in my blog this month, assisted with the large team supporting the game.
The continuing training and guidance for Special Constables is key like any other role in an organisation. Officers from a wide range of departments have played a massive part in providing this continued training so far this year. These sessions make us more tuned and prepared to deal with the wide range of scenarios we come across as police officers.
On the 22nd and 23rd January, Special Inspector Mclaughlin and myself attended a Citizens in Policing Conference held by Greater Manchester Police. We were able to meet some great people in similar positions to us who are looking to develop better pathways for Special Constables, Cadets and Police Support Volunteers. Some great ideas were shared and are already being looked at within Gwent!
Applicants that applied to become a Special in Gwent were met with the next stage of the process, a numerical and verbal reasoning test. Good luck to all of those who attended, hope to see you at some point in the future.
Thank you for taking the 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