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04 August 2017

New Chief Officer for Special Cheif Officer Clint SharpConstabulary

Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary has a new Chief Officer, following the departure of Wayne Humberstone who stepped down in July after 25 years of volunteering with the Special Constabulary.

 

Acting Chief Officer Clint Sharp, who was previously Assistant Chief Officer, has now been in post for a month. In that time, the Special Constabulary have volunteered over 4,000 hours and made 30 arrests.

 

Clint, who has been volunteering with the Special Constabulary for 22 years, said: “I worked closely with Wayne Humberstone over the past few years, and I know his enthusiasm for the Special Constabulary will be missed.

 

“I never dreamed I would lead the Special Constabulary when I joined in 1995 and I feel incredibly proud to have the opportunity to take the reins. In my time with the Specials I have seen a number of changes, and am proud of the way we have grown. We continue to welcome Specials to the team; in July, ten new volunteers joined and will now have further on-the-job tuition and support from experienced colleagues before they become independent.

 

“Bedfordshire’s volunteer Police Officers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people I have had the pleasure of working with, fitting their volunteering in around their home life and other jobs. In the past month they have volunteered over 4,000 hours to help support their regular colleagues on duty, and continue to be a vital asset to Bedfordshire Police. I am looking forward to the next few months and seeing what more we can achieve in that time. I have set my team some tough targets but I’m confident we can reach them.”

 

Clint is also hoping to recruit at least 100 new Specials by June 2018, further increasing operational support to policing in Bedfordshire.

 

The Special Constabulary is the UK’s volunteer police force. Specials work closely with full time Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) both to patrol Bedfordshire’s rural and urban communities, and volunteer in specialist units.


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 next Special Constabulary information evening is on Monday 7 August at Luton Community Fire Station from 7.30pm. Find out more and register on the force’s website.