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Police force in Durham recruiting 40 'specials'.

APPLICATION packs will soon be available for those seeking to join Durham Constabulary as a special constable.

The force is looking to recruit around 40 extra volunteer officers over the next 12 months once the recruitment process begins on Friday, which is when the packs will be available to download from the Durham Constabulary website at www.durham.police.uk They go online from 9.30am tomorrow, with a submission deadline of 5pm on Monday, November 12.

Personnel chiefs stress that only the first 500 applications submitted will be included in the process. If more than 500 are received prior to November 12, the advert will be withdrawn.

Special constables are required to work a minimum of 16 duty hours per month, although working times are flexible.

After an initial training period they need to attend regular meetings and training sessions to ensure their professional knowledge is up to date. Specials are not paid for their time, but travelling expenses are reimbursed.

Their main duties largely involve patrol and close working with the community as part of the force's neighbourhood policing teams, providing reassurance and solutions to local problems.

They may also be involved in crowd or traffic control at major events, be deployed to help secure a crime scene and assist with house-to-house inquiries.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2012
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