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PCC praises efforts during Special Constables' Weekend

Specials

This past weekend (June 6-7) was National Specials Weekend and Special Constables from across the Avon and Somerset policing area gave up almost 1,000 of their time to help their communities feel safe.

As the weekend fell during the national summer campaign against drink and drug driving, Avon and Somerset Police's Special Constables focused their activities on road safety.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Special Constables are an important part of the policing family and are very generous with their time.  Between them they give an extraordinary number of hours each year keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.

"I'm very please that they've become involved in road safety activities.  It's an issue that local people tell me is important to them so in supporting the Constabulary's summer campaign they truly are maing a difference in their communities."

Many of these volunteer police officers took part in dedicated operations aimed at keeping our roads safe. These included targeting drunk or speeding motorists and those endangering themselves and others by taking an unsafe vehicle on the road or driving while using a mobile phone.

In Bath, Keynsham and Radstock:

  • Specials were targeting speeding motorists in hotspots identified by local people and carrying out breath tests to check for drivers over the limit
  • 139 vehicles were stopped and checked under the drink drive campaign
  • 10 people were given breath tests for alcohol
  • One person was arrested for being unfit through drink or drugs
  • 53 vehicles were stopped for speeding and given words of advice
  • Five people were given fixed penalty notices for ignoring the prohibited right turn at Hursley Hill
  • One motorist was given a notice to get a minor fault on the vehicle fixed immediately and give proof within 14 days
  • Special Constable also responded to calls about assault and criminal damage

In Bristol:

  • Special Constables supported Community Speed Watch in areas where local people have told us they are worried about speeding vehicles
  • 21 motorists were given words of advice about their driving
  • Three people were given a fixed penalty notice for breaking 20mph speed limits
  • One was given a fixed penalty notice for using a mobile phone behind the wheel
  • One driver was issued with a notice to get a minor fault on the vehicle fixed immediately and give proof within 14 days
  • Four people were stopped and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act
  • One person was reported for summons for possession of cannabis

In Minehead, Wellington and Williton, West Somerset:

  • 130 vehicles were stopped and checked, with Special Constables explaining the operation and giving road safety information
  • 55 people were given breath tests
  • Two people were issued with on-the-spot fines, one for speeding, the other for driving with bald tyres
  • One driver was issued with a notice to get a minor fault on the vehicle fixed immediately and give proof within 14 days
  • One motorist was given a notice of intended prosecution for using a mobile phone while driving
  • One vehicle was seized for having no insurance

In North Somerset:

  • 30 people were given breath tests for alcohol, leading to one driver being arrested and charged with being over the legal limit
  • 20 vehicles were stopped for speeding and given wors
  • Three motorists were issued with on-the-spot fines, two for using a mobile phone while driving and one for having no MOT

In South Gloucestershire:

  • 20 Special Constables and three Volunteer Police Cadets spent 240 hours on duty over the weekend
  • Officers patrolled on foot at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway and ran an information stand with the support of Volunteer Police Cadets, talking to more than 1,000 people about road safety and giving crime prevention advice
  • Roads around The Mall were patrolled by Specials who spoke to 40 drivers who weren’t wearing seat belts
  • 10 motorists were given advice about their speed
  • One overloaded vehicle was prohibited from continuing until its load was made safe

Many other Special Constables turned out as usual to help regular colleagues patrol around pubs and clubs in town and city centres.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Crew, Avon and Somerset Police Lead for Special Constables said: "The core principle of the British model of policing is that we are a service made up of members of the public who work to make our communities safe on behalf of us all.  This principle is no more evident than in the huge contributions and achievements of our Specials last weekend.

"These fellow citizens, who volunteer their time, energy and incredibly varied skills to work alongside the Constabulary's regular officers and staff daily, have clearly shown the police service at its best.  On behalf of the rest of our team and the communities we serve, I would like to offer all our Special colleagues a very well deserved and humble vote of thanks."

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Posted on Thursday 11th June 2015
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