Special Constables set to flood Thurrock in special day of action

Essex Police

Op Meteor: Special Constabulary day of action

ON Saturday 13th May, over 90 officers from our Special Constabulary are coming together to police the streets of Essex by executing warrants, looking for outstanding ‘Wanted people’ and patrolling specific areas.

This weekend is the first of three proactive weekends to tackle crime in each local policing area, by our special constables. On Saturday, Specials from across the force will be coming together to focus on one local policing area. This weekend, they will be focussing on the South of Essex to work together to tackle crime. They will be arresting outstanding suspects, carrying out proactive operations, initiating high-visibility patrols and conducting sex-offender checks.

Alongside this, they will be targeting potential human-trafficking sites and supporting existing operations including ANPR and Operation Lynx.
There will be a further two weekends as part of Op Meteor:

– Saturday 10th June – North Local Policing Area
– Saturday 15th July – West Local Policing Area

The Special Constables will also be hosting an information stall at each of these days which will have information, advice leaflets and will give the public the opportunity to approach them with any questions.

Superintendent Simon Anslow, Head of the Special Constabulary, said: “The time that our Special Constables volunteer is absolutely invaluable and makes a real difference to our capacity to provide effective local policing. The contribution that they make to operational policing is incredible and I’m delighted that so many officers will be working in the South LPA this weekend to make those communities safer. I hope that people in Southend and Basildon will notice the increased police presence and those offenders that we don’t put off from committing crime in these towns should expect to become well acquainted with some of our Special Constables as they’re taken into custody. This operation will be just one of many operations we will be executing in the near future.

“I want to say a big thankyou to our Special Constables for their time and effort this weekend and in their service so far and I look forward to the positive results from it.”

The Special constables who are involved in this operation are voluntary Police Officers. They are equipped with full policing powers and the same uniform as regular officers to help protect their local community. They spend a portion of their voluntary hours working in specialist roles such as POLIT, roads policing, the dog section, crime scene investigation and others.

For more information about the Special Constabulary and how to apply, visit: http://www.essex.police.uk/specials

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