Pendle man is top Special Constable

Spcial Constable awards (S)
Spcial Constable awards (S)

A SPECIAL constabulary sergeant covering Pendle has been named Special Constabulary Student of the Year.

Some 24 officers were presented with awards for 10 or more years’ service.

Special Sgt Callam Nuttall from the county’s Pennine Division, which covers Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, was awarded the coveted constabulary student of the year award.

The awards were presented by assistant chief constable Andy Cooke at the ceremony. He said: “Our special constabulary is a valuable resource – a strong embodiment of the fact that policing needs the support of all the community. Joining the Specials can give a person a great sense of fulfilment. It gives them a chance to get involved with the community and make a real difference to the people living there.

“This ceremony was an opportunity to recognise the fantastic work that our special constabulary does day-in-day-out to help keep the communities of Lancashire safe.” Lancashire Constabulary has a total of 443 special constables. They have full police powers and perform the same duties as regular officers. These can range from general patrol to the policing of football matches and road traffic incidents.

Specials wear the same uniform as police officers and are issued with the same equipment. Aged 18 and above, they work flexible hours with a minimum requirement of four hours per week and provide their time and expertise without financial reward.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of the special constabulary or who is interested in becoming a special constable should call 01772 412128.

Ten-year plus awards went to Pennine Division constables S.D. Lister and N. Thompson