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Police specials to patrol city centre.

SPECIAL police constables will be mounting an operation in the centre of Swansea this weekend to make shoppers feel safer.

The specials' mobile police station will be sited outside Marks and Spencer in Oxford Street and high-visibility patrols will be carried out.

Pc Andy Rees, South Wales Police's specials' co-ordinator, said, ``Our officers will focus on preventing shoplifting, illegal street trading and anti-social behaviour. It will help create a safe environment to reassure people who shop, visit or work in the centre of Swansea.''

Crime prevention information will be available at the mobile police station, as will information about joining the specials.

Special constables have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment.

Following initial training over four weekends, special constables take up duties at a police station supported by a tutor constable.

Hours of duty are flexible, but a minimum commitment of around four hours a week plus some time for training is expected.

While a special constable is an unpaid volunteer there is reimbursement of travelling expenses, meals and other expenditures incurred during duties.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 7, 2003
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