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Warwickshire Special Constables praised for Operation Christmas Presence support

Warwickshire Police Special Constables have been praised by senior officers for supporting Operation Christmas Presence during the festive period. Operation Christmas Presence, which takes place annually, aims to keep people safe and tackle the issues of alcohol-related violence on the streets, with extra officers in town centres from 16 December 2016 to 1 January 2017….
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Warwickshire Police Special Constables have been praised by senior officers for supporting Operation Christmas Presence during the festive period.

Operation Christmas Presence, which takes place annually, aims to keep people safe and tackle the issues of alcohol-related violence on the streets, with extra officers in town centres from 16 December 2016 to 1 January 2017.

During this period 95 Special Constables worked a total of more than 1,750 hours, dealing with arrests, road collisions, Drink Drive investigations and domestic incidents, among other issues.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith, Head of Local Policing for Warwickshire, said: “Special Constables are unpaid, part-time police officers. They are people from all walks of life who want to make a difference to their community. The fantastic support they have given to Operation Christmas Presence reflects their commitment and dedication during a busy time of year”.

Katherine Hancock, Special Deputy Chief Officer, said: “Throughout the year Special Constables work across a variety of policing teams, carrying out all sorts of tasks. Working with regular officers they have protected people from harm during the festive period when there were particular concerns about alcohol-related violence”.

For more information about the role and responsibilities of Special Constables, or to apply to become a volunteer with Warwickshire Police, visit:

www.warwickshire.police.uk/specialconstables

Issued: 10:45am, Monday 9 January 2017, Dave Hollands, Corporate Communications

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