Thirty five volunteers, who have successfully completed more than six months of training, became warranted police officers at a special attestation ceremony held at Sussex Police headquarters on Friday evening.
Attestation is a process by which a newly appointed recruit to Sussex Police becomes a Special Constable with all the powers and responsibilities which that entails. The evening ceremony saw all 35 officers make a declaration in the presence of a magistrate, before receiving their warrant cards.
Seven of the new recruits will be based in East Sussex. They are from all walks of life and include 37-year-old Tomasz Domanski, a mechanical design engineer originally from Poland and Suzanne Stevens, a 42-year-old compliance manager and parent of one.
At the ceremony Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who launched the Special’s recruitment campaign in 2013, said, “All 35 new recruits should be very proud to have successfully managed to get this far in what is a rigorous training programme. Special constables have been involved in policing Sussex since 1831 and are an integral part of policing in the modern world.
“I am a huge advocate of the benefits of volunteering and helping to make a difference in your local community. That is why I launched the recruitment campaign back in August in order to increase the number of special constables serving in Sussex to 450 by 2015.”
Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said, “Special constables are an integral part of our policing family. Across Sussex 403 people currently give their time to this role, working alongside our teams to keep people safe and cut crime.
“It is always humbling to meet people who give their time so generously to benefit the local community and It was good to meet the new recruits on Friday to say thank you and welcome them to our team.”
For further information visit www.sussex.police.uk