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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
Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) carried out warrants on Tuesday (21 November) morning on properties linked to nail bars in Wyatt Road in Kempston, Midland Road in Bedford, George Street in Luton and Silver Street in Kettering.
A 40-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested at the Wyatt Road address and remain in custody at Kempston. A further seven people have been taken to reception centres run by The Salvation Army charity to establish whether they have been subjected to any trafficking or modern day slavery offences.
The Salvation Army's Director for Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Anne Read said: "The Salvation Army is working with ERSOU to provide reception centres for immediate support for potential victims of modern slavery, as well as arranging the longer term support many so desperately need and deserve.
“It is vital that all victims’ needs are assessed and they receive immediate access to specialised support. The Salvation Army will ensure that anyone who is identified as a potential victim of modern slavery will be given access to support and accommodation at a safe house if needed."