Special Constables from Wiltshire Police have been taking the lead today as part of “Specials’ Day” – where all volunteer officers working in Swindon Town Centre took charge over the Regular Officers.
Our Specials have dealt with a whole host of incidents – typical of a day in the life of an officer – they included; a hate crime, traffic incidents, a burglary, rough sleepers and drug taking and a feud between neighbours.
The day also saw four arrests being made.
Three local men (in their 30s) were arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference, possession of cannabis and shop lifting. One was caught after a short chase on foot. They are currently in custody. Special Constable Jas Singh was one of the officers making that arrest.
Special Constable Connor Richardson arrested a local man in his thirties for an outstanding harassment offence. He is also currently in custody.
Throughout the day Tweets and Facebook postings of the day’s events were put out via the Force’s social media sites getting lots of “likes” and re-tweets. We had a total reach on Twitter of 1.2 million. Our Facebook posts had a total reach of 38.5 thousand.
Special Sergeant Greg Satchell said: “This has been an excellent experience, a real eye-opener, I have been very busy and appreciate what my regular colleagues do.”
Special Inspector Andy French said: “It’s been a great day, everyone has worked really well and we’ve had some good results with the arrests and how everyone has dealt with the incidents and the public today.”
Special Constable Connor Richardson said: “It has felt good to lead and feel part of a really close team.”
Special Constable Jas Singh said: “I loved the responsibility given to me today and I feel it’s helped bring us closer to our regular colleagues.”
Inspector Steve McGrath, Town Centre Inspector, said: “This has been a major success, giving our valued Special Officers the chance to lead our Regulars – in terms of making on the job decisions as incidents have come in to us today.
“Our volunteer officers have really enjoyed the challenge.
“They bring a number of skills from their day job to the police role which enhances and supports the work of our Regular Officers.