High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has been patrolling the streets around Glossop with Special Constables, as part of a campaign to highlight the work of volunteer officers.
Mr Bingham joined Special Constables Mike Dixon, Liz Spink, Mark Simpson and Valerie Ryan around areas which suffer from issues such as anti-social or nuisance behaviour.
The patrols took place on Friday, February 12 as part of National Specials Weekend, an annual themed event to highlight the work of the Special Constabulary.
This year, the weekend focused on anti-social behaviour and communities, with the aim of demonstrating the way in which Specials link in with priorities set for the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams and also their work alongside other volunteer workers.
In addition to the patrols, they also visited youngsters enjoying a Valentine disco at Gamesley Community Centre and also Pure Vibes at Whitfield Youth Club.
High Peak Community Safety Inspector Tony Dales said: “Our Special Constables have a valuable role in supporting the work of regular police officers and the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams. They provide a visible presence in areas where there are concerns around anti-social behaviour and help us to form strong community links.
“Last weekend was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their contribution towards keeping the High Peak a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Mr Bingham said: “The evening was a valuable opportunity to discuss various policing matters with the full time officers, and it was great to meet with the Special Constables and be given a unique insight into the work that they do supporting the regular police officers.
“The work the Special Constables do to help reduce anti-social behaviour is of real comfort to people in Glossop, and by being a highly visible presence they are able to build up a rapport with residents and the local community.
Derbyshire Constabulary is currently running a campaign to recruit more Special Constables.
The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who give at least four hours a week, working in the community. However, to apply you need to be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old.
Mr Bingham added: “I would urge anyone who would like to volunteer in this way to contact Derbyshire police, as they really would be able to make a difference.”
For further information, or to get hold of an application pack, please call 0300 330 1330, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.