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Specials take control of Purbeck Police

Special constables took over the running of Purbeck Police on Sunday 12 October 2014.

The initiative was part of the ongoing Operation Puzzle which allows members of the volunteer police service of Dorset to command and take control of frontline policing duties.

The special constables dealt with a range of incidents during the day, supported by regular officers.

These included:

  • Issuing words of advice following a fail to stop non-injury road traffic collision. 
  • Investigating reports of an alarm sounding at a school.
  • Stolen property found at a nature reserve.
  • A number of road traffic collisions.

Speed enforcement action was also carried out on Wimborne Road in Lytchett Matravers following complaints from the public. One driver was issued with a fixed penalty notice for a speeding offence and another was given words of advice.

Special Inspector Chris Brolan said: “Operations like this show what volunteers can do when they come together.

“It also provides special constables with a wealth of experience and helps them feel a valued part of the Dorset Police team.”

Special constables are active in many areas of policing including Safer Neighbourhood Teams, response units and in specialist roles.

Like their regular officer colleagues, they have the power to make arrests and have undergone specialist training before being posted on the frontline.

Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary Debi Potter said: “This was an excellent opportunity for the Special Constabulary to showcase their abilities and enhance their skills.

“It never ceases to amaze me the amount of dedication and commitment special constables in Dorset show to the community and police service in their unpaid roles.”

Issued: 15 October 2014