The Darlington Special Constabulary has been named as the force’s team of the year for 2015.
Officers from the Darlington Special Constabulary provide a key, voluntary service to the town and high value, high visibility policing to its residents.
Over the past year, they have provided over 6,000 operational policing duty hours to the community, with tasks conducted both in support of regular colleagues and as stand-alone Special Constabulary-led operations.
Examples of their work have included:
- Targeting anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the town centre and Green Park areas
- Anti-theft operations
- A number of joint operations undertaken including Farmwatch (alongside rural communities) and Staysafe (in conjunction with council ASB teams and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service)
- Support to other Durham areas for special events (e.g. Miners Gala) and collaborative working with neighbouring Special Constables in Cleveland.
Members of the Darlington Special Constabulary have performed multiple arrests over the year, most notably undertaking the arrest of a suspected drug dealer and in the process removing thousands of pounds worth of drugs and a large amount of cash from the streets of Darlington.
Source: Durham Constabulary