The Wiltshire Special Constabulary recognised Volunteers’ Week (1 -12 June) and National Specials Weekend (4- 5 June) with a series of operations across Wiltshire.
The week began with officers from the Special Constabulary working alongside Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers, to provide education and enforcement in areas identified as causing most concern to the local community.
This was followed by a second evening of education and enforcement to engage with drivers prior to the start of the Summer Drink Driving Campaign.
Operations continued on the 3 and 4 June where Specials carried out road safety checks, supported regular police colleagues during the night time economy and provided a police presence at local festival, CalneFest.
The week of operations concluded on Sunday 5 June with a focus on rural crime, crime prevention and education, where the team visited a number of farms during open farm day and local beauty spots.
Special Superintendent Scott Bateman said: “Volunteers’ Week and Specials Weekend are fantastic opportunities for those who give their precious time through the Police Force to support our communities, to be recognised for the sacrifice they make.
“Over the period of the week we have highlighted a number of operations undertaken by the Special Constabulary that have showcased the work of the uniformed and non-uniformed volunteers.
“Although these are short term operations, the commitment of these volunteers to the Force is not. They are making a difference every day investing in the safety of theirs and our communities.
“On behalf of all of us I would like to thank them.”
The results of the week were:
- 13 Fixed Penalty Notices for excessive speeding
- Over 40 cautions (words of advice given to drivers) for excessive speed
- One report for excessive speed of 60mph in a 30mph limit
- One report for driving without due care and attention crossing the double white lines
- Two reports for no insurance
- One vehicle seized for no insurance
- One Fixed Penalty Notice for mobile phone use.
- One non endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice for no MOT
- One report for jumping a red light
- One cannabis street warning
- Five Section 23 drug searches
- Male detain and arrested a male for Breech of the Peace at CalneFest
- Driver reported for driving with no lights in Melksham
- One male arrested for common in Bradford on Avon
Supt Bateman added: “As well as these very positive results, Specials were also involved in a wide variety of incidents including disposing of alcohol from children at a play park in Corsham, assisting, with a person refusing to leave a property in Chippenham, two domestic incidents and escorting two donkeys back to a field.
“There was also a disorder in Devizes, a huge amount of community engagement, and initial first aid following the assault of four people near Chippenham which involved Specials supporting regular officers by taking statements, documenting evidence and providing a handover to the Local Crime Team.”