Three new fully trained special constables have joined Suffolk’s Roads and Armed Policing Team (RAPT) in a six month trial.
The new Specials RPU team was launched on July 1, with the vision to recruit a small number of selected specials who would be trained to the same standard and level as their regular colleagues. The trial will be reviewed at the end of the six month period to gauge its success.
Two officers will be based in Bury St Edmunds and the third at police headquarters in Martlesham Heath.
Each special constable will be partnered-up with a RAPT vehicle and will complete a minimum of 40 hours per month in order to maintain their skills and experience. Already one officer has completed 112 hours in the first month.
The new Specials RPU unit has created an additional flexible resource and, as part of the role, the RPU specials will be able to join patrols countywide to support RAPT in policing Suffolk’s strategic road network
In addition to the standard response driving course, they will also hold the advanced driving qualification and all other additional training elements required of a regular RAPT officer.
RAPT Inspector Gary Miller said: “I am really pleased that Kyle, Simon and Adam have joined RAPT in this new exciting role. They have gone through a tough recruitment process which mirrors that of their regular collages which is an achievement in itself. Having now completed their driving course and other necessary training they will now be working independently alongside the rest of the team in delivering some really important work for the county.
“Each of them has demonstrated a real passion for reducing serious collisions through Fatal 4 enforcement, keeping the strategic road network running and tackling road-based criminality. I am sure that they will enjoy the additional responsibility that comes with this increased level of training and I am really looking forward to seeing how this project develops in the future.”
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore added: “I am absolutely delighted to see the launch of this new Specials Roads Policing Unit. These three special police officers will each play an important part in keeping us all safe on our roads and the traffic free flowing, which is absolutely crucial.
“Our volunteer police officers are not called specials for nothing, they play a very important role in policing the county and we are absolutely indebted to them, their commitment and enthusiasm is second to none. They give their time for nothing and add a completely different dimension to the policing family which is simply outstanding. I wish these officers well in their new role.”