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
“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
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.