Special Constables take to the streets to show commitment to community

York Press: Specials Amanda Popely, John Douglas, Temporary District Officer Kath Houlden, Steve Timms and Stephen Hodges Specials Amanda Popely, John Douglas, Temporary District Officer Kath Houlden, Steve Timms and Stephen Hodges

A POLICE team took to the streets of York as part of “special” operations to highlight their work in the community.

The operations, which included the execution of warrants and roadside inspection of vehicles, had been fully organised by the Special Constables and coincided with the launch of a new recruitment campaign across North Yorkshire.

Temporary District Officer Kath Houlden has been volunteering as a Special for about eight years.

She said the operations, involving 19 Specials, had gone well but also included a few surprises – including a call to assist armed police who had arrested a pair of men on suspicion of drugs offences, and a search of the Monk Bar area for a man suspected of assault and criminal damage.

She hoped the campaign would help differentiate the work of volunteer Special Constabless and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

“It was quite a busy evening, for a normal Monday night, while most people would be sitting at home,” she said. “We had a good turnout.

“PCSOs are brilliant for getting information and do a great job, but Specials are different, because they have the power to arrest and set up their own operations, as they did on Monday.”

During the operations, Specials stopped a number of motorists and issued notices about deficient vehicles, with two people arrested during the execution of warrants and one sent to prison for 28 days.

Kath, who works part-time as a dispatch manager at Cuffs and Co in Shambles, said she would encourage people to sign up as a Special from only four hours a week.

She said: “It’s really challenging and rewarding and you meet a variety of people out there. You’re doing something good for the community.

“It’s a great insight into the role of the regular police officer if you’re thinking of joining them.

“We’re supposed to do 16 hours a month on duty, but I do 60 to 100, as do many of us. It’s addictive really, and you get out what you put in.”

For more information on the role of Specials with North Yorkshire Police, go to nypspecials.com

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9:25am Wed 15 Jan 14

Pete the Brickie says...

Well done to the Specials for what they do, but what a shame they couldn't hang on until Tuesday, James Street was littered with vehicles illegally parked across the pavement and cycle lanes all day, they could have issued loads of tickets as mothers with prams and the disabled were forced onto the main road.
Well done to the Specials for what they do, but what a shame they couldn't hang on until Tuesday, James Street was littered with vehicles illegally parked across the pavement and cycle lanes all day, they could have issued loads of tickets as mothers with prams and the disabled were forced onto the main road. Pete the Brickie

9:25am Wed 15 Jan 14

bonjour says...

Perhaps one of them could issue parking tickets to cars parked on the double yellow lines out side KFC on Blossom street. Not only do this cars disrupt traffic but those pose a real risk to cyclist who have to go out into the roadway to get passed them.
Perhaps one of them could issue parking tickets to cars parked on the double yellow lines out side KFC on Blossom street. Not only do this cars disrupt traffic but those pose a real risk to cyclist who have to go out into the roadway to get passed them. bonjour

9:29am Wed 15 Jan 14

bonjour says...

bonjour says...

Perhaps one of them could issue parking tickets to cars parked on the double yellow lines outside KFC on Blossom Street. Not only do these cars disrupt traffic but they pose a real risk to cyclists who have to go out into the roadway to get passed them.(corrected)
bonjour says... Perhaps one of them could issue parking tickets to cars parked on the double yellow lines outside KFC on Blossom Street. Not only do these cars disrupt traffic but they pose a real risk to cyclists who have to go out into the roadway to get passed them.(corrected) bonjour

9:37am Wed 15 Jan 14

keepitshut says...

Pete the Brickie wrote:
Well done to the Specials for what they do, but what a shame they couldn't hang on until Tuesday, James Street was littered with vehicles illegally parked across the pavement and cycle lanes all day, they could have issued loads of tickets as mothers with prams and the disabled were forced onto the main road.
Too right they could have!
Some traveller funeral takes place on Thursday, the area will be full of vans/cars etc for the next few days!
[quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: Well done to the Specials for what they do, but what a shame they couldn't hang on until Tuesday, James Street was littered with vehicles illegally parked across the pavement and cycle lanes all day, they could have issued loads of tickets as mothers with prams and the disabled were forced onto the main road.[/p][/quote]Too right they could have! Some traveller funeral takes place on Thursday, the area will be full of vans/cars etc for the next few days! keepitshut

10:07am Wed 15 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

It's an image thing. Police officers - of any type - would find themselves a lot more approachable (and their tasks more easily accomplished) if they didn't dress up like fully armed combat troops all the time. I'd feel a lot more assured dealing with a non-luminous, smartly uniformed bobby on the beat than some hostile renegade from a SWAT team on Battlestar Galactica. The way they look now, they're just inviting confrontation...
It's an image thing. Police officers - of any type - would find themselves a lot more approachable (and their tasks more easily accomplished) if they didn't dress up like fully armed combat troops all the time. I'd feel a lot more assured dealing with a non-luminous, smartly uniformed bobby on the beat than some hostile renegade from a SWAT team on Battlestar Galactica. The way they look now, they're just inviting confrontation... Ignatius Lumpopo

10:55am Wed 15 Jan 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

York road safety would be vastly improved if the Specials initiated a campaign against predominately young cyclists riding in dark clothing with no or or inconspicuous lights.This is particularly hazardous between 4 and 7pm.They have little or no road sense and weave between traffic with little or no concern for their safety or other road users.
York road safety would be vastly improved if the Specials initiated a campaign against predominately young cyclists riding in dark clothing with no or or inconspicuous lights.This is particularly hazardous between 4 and 7pm.They have little or no road sense and weave between traffic with little or no concern for their safety or other road users. Older Sometimes Wiser

9:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Oyy you says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
York road safety would be vastly improved if the Specials initiated a campaign against predominately young cyclists riding in dark clothing with no or or inconspicuous lights.This is particularly hazardous between 4 and 7pm.They have little or no road sense and weave between traffic with little or no concern for their safety or other road users.
Not only young....all cyclists........
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: York road safety would be vastly improved if the Specials initiated a campaign against predominately young cyclists riding in dark clothing with no or or inconspicuous lights.This is particularly hazardous between 4 and 7pm.They have little or no road sense and weave between traffic with little or no concern for their safety or other road users.[/p][/quote]Not only young....all cyclists........ Oyy you

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