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West Mercia Police Special Constables praised for Operation Christmas Presence support

West Mercia 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 and city centres from 16 December 2016 to…
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West Mercia 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 and city centres from 16 December 2016 to 1 January 2017.

During this period 188 West Mercia Police Special Constables worked a total of more than 2,860 hours, dealing with arrests, road collisions, Drink Drive investigations and domestic incidents, among other issues. Of the 188 volunteers, five each worked more than 50 hours over this period, and 11 performed between 30 and 49 hours each.

Chief Superintendent Charles Hill, Territorial Policing, said: “Special Constables are unpaid, part-time police officers and are an important part of our workforce: they give up their own time in order to support policing in our community. During Operation Christmas Presence they were a visible and accessible presence, providing reassurance, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour”.

Special Deputy Chief Officer Nick Marlow said: “Throughout the year the Special Constabulary plays an important role in assisting regular officers and PCSOs provide highly-visible policing in our communities. Throughout Operation Christmas Presence they tackled the issues that mattered to local people, preventing crime and protecting the vulnerable”.

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

www.westmercia.police.uk/specialconstables

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