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19 April 2017

 

Special Constabulary helps bolster Op Meteor

 

Members of the Special Constabulary have joined Op Meteor and will work closely with full time police officers and partner agencies to help disrupt the illegal and dangerous practice of riding off-road bikes in public places.

 

Four Specials have already passed an off-road motorbike course and a further four will complete the training in due course.

 

Since January 2016, officers working as part of Op Meteor have seized 56 bikes and arrested 12 people. The team continues to crack down on such behaviour, holding days of action across the county to engage with the community.

 

Inspector Annita Clarke said: “We know nuisance bikers continue to be a problem for communities across the county, and we are continuing to work hard, behind the scenes and overtly, to disrupt this dangerous practice and make the county a safer place for residents.

 

“The valuable addition of eight Special Constables will help in our approach to disrupting this activity, and I hope the expansion of our team helps demonstrate our commitment to this issue affecting our communities.”

 

Special Constabulary Chief Officer Wayne Humberstone said: “The Special Constabulary continues to play a vital role in helping Bedfordshire Police protect the public and fight crime. The Specials are incredibly dedicated individuals who volunteer with the force in their spare time because they want to help make a difference in their community. Their presence in the Op Meteor team shows how much value is placed on them by the force.”

 

Members of the public can submit information about nuisance motorbikes by emailing OpMeteorInbox@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk which is monitored regularly. In case of an emergency or if a crime is in progress always call 999; for all other calls please use 101. Additionally you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 Special Constables must be over 18 and able to commit a minimum of 16 hours a month to the role, although Bedfordshire’s Specials volunteer an average of 28 hours a month.

 

The force hosts monthly Special Constabulary information evenings, with the next being held at Police Headquarters in Woburn Road, Kempston, on Monday 8 May from 7.30pm. To register, visit the ‘Volunteer With Us’ section of www.bedfordshire.police.uk, call: 07590 465 193 or email: BeSpecial@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.