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Last updated: 04 January 10:31
Specials recruitment for 2018 has launched today!
Special Constables are part-time, voluntary Police Officers with all the same powers as fulltime regular Police Officers. They come from all walks of life and join us for a variety of reasons. Becoming a Special Constable really is one of the most exciting and rewarding voluntary opportunities available!
Specials are out on patrol in the community, attending crime scenes, monitoring traffic, and making arrests. Most importantly, the Special Constables act as a safe, reassuring presence for the people of Bedfordshire working together to fight crime and keep the people safe. Find out more.
Greyfriars Police Station, Bedford has now closed.
Your nearest enquiry office is the new Lime Street Community Hub, Lime Street, Bedford which opened on Monday 18 December.
Opening hours are Monday-Friday, 9-5
Inform your neighbours, friends, local shopkeepers and anyone else with whom the person has regular contact with that they have a tendency to walk about. Ask them to contact you immediately if they are seen out alone.
Make sure the person carries some form of identification and details of a carer or neighbour who can be contacted if they get lost. This can be sewn or printed into a jacket, back of their collar or a handbag. Alternatively, they could wear an identification bracelet or necklace.
Consider using devices which alert you when doors are being opened. This could involve placing bells over door handles, installing door chimes or pressure and motion sensors.
Encourage the person to carry a mobile phone with them at all times. If switched on and kept inside their pocket, this may help in locating their whereabouts. Likewise, GPS locators can be built into watches or stitched into clothing.
Consider storing certain items out of view, such as car/house keys, hats and coats, as this may reduce their impulse to leave. If the person gets restless towards the end of the day, suggest to them that you take a walk together.