New recruits bring something special as they join our policing family
They range from a pharmacist and university lecturer to phlebotomist... these are the newest Special Constables to join West Midlands Police.
The latest batch of 13 volunteer officers will be hitting the streets shortly as they close in on completing their training which started in September.
These recruits have a varied background with their day jobs also including a business analyst, company director, students and current WMP staff who decided they wanted to play an active role at the forefront of policing.
The new Specials will be linking up with neighbourhood teams across the region in the near future.
They will volunteer at least 16 hours a month and play an important role in supporting the force and protecting the public.
One is 23-year-old Irshaad Nawaz, a mechanical engineering student at Aston University. And he’s encouraged other students to sign-up as Special Constables.
He added: “I’m telling all my student friends to apply: the skills to develop and experience you gain as a Special will help stand you out from the crowd when applying for jobs. It demonstrates you are responsible, trustworthy and have skills others may not have. It could be the difference between securing a job or not."
Another recruit is someone who recently spent a year as an intern with the Citizens in Policing team which co-ordinates volunteers.
She has since returned to university for her final year but was so impressed by her time with the force she decided to become a volunteer officer herself.
Specials have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform; but hours are flexible.
Mike Rogers, Chief Officer for the West Midlands Special Constabulary, said: “It was an honour to watch another group of Specials join us, from various walks of life.
“We even saw one of our former Special Constabulary colleagues return after a few years away. Several current staff have also taken the decision to volunteer with us too."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: “Our Special Constables play a vital part in the fight against crime and play a valuable role in supporting full time police officers and police staff.
“They bring a wealth of knowledge from their day-to-day lives and their commitment to the people and communities of the West Midlands is second to none.
“This is an exciting time to join the force with an exciting few years ahead for our region. From the Coventry City of Culture to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, there is a lot to celebrate and a lot to do.
“I welcome all of our new Special Constables and hope that many more people from across the region apply and join the West Midlands Police family."
Recruitment remains open and anyone interested in becoming part of the WMP family should visit our jobs website https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk.