Call for volunteer crime fighters

People in South Herts who fancy a go at fighting crime get an insight into how it's done professionally today.

Hertfordshire Police want to boost the number of Special Constables and Community Officers to their ranks - but want the public to take up the roles voluntarily.

From Hertfordshire's Police HQ, Mark Hunter told heart their recruitment day today at Force Headquarters - they are really keen on hearing from people to be part of their new Rural Specials team: "we have officers that specifically know the problems that exist within those rural or countryside communities can relate the people who live there."

Mark added "Farmers, game-keepers and land-owners do suffer problems like equipment theft, horse-equipment, theft or interference with livestock and even fly-tipping".

Special constables have the same training and powers as regular officers, but they are voluntary. Many will have full time jobs and they volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours a month. They play a valuable role in solving quality of life issues, reassuring members of the public and responding to emergencies, working alongside other officers.

Police Community Volunteers offers members of the public the chance to support the Police in a non-officer role. They make a valuable contribution to the safety and security of their own community as well as developing new skills. While not a substitute for officers or paid staff, they can help out in all sorts of different and interesting ways. Current departments where volunteers work include Neighbourhood Policing, youth work, scientific support and crime management.

Today's recruitment at Herts Police Force Headquarters runs from 10am-2pm and details here: and click here for information on working as a "Special"