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Volunteers give more than 55,000 hours to support Derbyshire police

Posted on 5th January 2017

Volunteers gave more than 55,000 hours of their time to support Derbyshire police last year.

Between January 1 and December 31, special constables contributed 49,347 hours while Police Support Volunteers gave 6,458 hours.

Specials are uniformed volunteer police officers, with the full range of police powers. They support regular officers on patrol and help police events such as football matches, among other duties.

Our 220 specials made 337 arrests in 2016, attended 273 collisions and went on 70 warrants. They conducted 326 breath tests.

PSVs are also celebrating a successful year, which saw an increase in their numbers. By the end of the year there were 98 PSVs supporting Derbyshire police compared to 40 the previous year.

The first PSVs were recruited in 2012 in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales. Now force-wide, PSVs help us in areas such as vehicle inventory, role acting during training events and community support.

ACC Chris Haward said: “It is a fantastic achievement that so much time has been given by people on top of their work commitments and personal lives. The commitment of specials and PSVs is key in ensuring Derbyshire is a safe place to live and visit.

“I want to thank everyone who volunteers with us – you do a fantastic job.”

To find out more about becoming a special or a Police Support Volunteer, visit the careers section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk

You can follow what our volunteer do on Twitter @DerbysPSVs and @DerbysSpecials

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.