Volunteer police make hundreds of arrests

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VOLUNTEER police officers clocked up hundreds of arrests last year, dealing with 1,000-plus incidents on a force’s streets.

Members of Durham’s Special Constabulary brings together 86 unpaid officers, who in most cases have full-time jobs outside of their police role.

The team includes teachers, engineers, training managers, shop assistants, social workers and nurses, who last year contributed more than 22,000 hours.

The latest statistics also show they arrested 255 suspected offenders, attended 101 events and more than 400 domestic incidents, dealt with the search for and location of 83 missing persons, went to 709 antisocial behaviour incidents and had direct contact with 513 

The officers attended 130 road traffic collisions and are responsible for seizing 19 uninsured vehicles.

Temporary Special Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, head of the force’s volunteer officers, said: “Working closely with our full-time colleagues, police staff and partner agencies the Special Constabulary delivers real benefits to our communities, helping Durham Constabulary deliver excellent policing.