Students urged to show their special qualities

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CITY students are being urged to show their special qualities.

The Special Constabulary, which is supported by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, are trained volunteers who work with and support local police.

They have the same powers as police officers, wear the same uniform and deal with the same type of incidents.

Police chiefs say the skills and experience gained by being a special constable is desirable to any future career or profession – whether it’s a career in policing or not. Sunderland-based Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, said: “Joining the Special Constabulary opens up a world of opportunity for both personal and professional development for people. Volunteers come from all walks of life with a range of backgrounds; it could be the perfect opportunity for new and returning students to gain experiences that will help them when they graduate.

“Even if students aren’t interested in a future career in policing, the benefits of joining the special constabulary are endless and helps us to form a vital link between regular police and our student communities.”

Vera Baird added: “The work carried out by the Special Constabulary in support of Northumbria Police is outstanding and they really live up to the title Special. Volunteering not only helps you to give valuable support to your community but gives people good skills which will help them in their future careers.”

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