Police want volunteers after announcing job cuts
KENT Police is looking for volunteer police officers – only days after it announced 500 of its paid officers could lose their jobs.
The Special Constabulary in Kent is made up of 285 so-called "hobby bobbies" who police Kent for free and enjoy the same powers as normal police.
The recruitment drive also comes only a few months after 200 police recruits were told their places at training college had been axed due to budget cuts.
The specials will be patrolling Kent in a vintage police car over the next few weeks promoting life as a volunteer cop with celebrity support from The Bill star Graham Cole.
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After initial training, specials are required to carry out a minimum of 16 hours a month and an additional monthly training session of two hours.
Specials contribute around 8,500 hours worth of policing to Kent each month.
Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas said: "Many of these officers contribute well over the minimum of 16 hours per month and find it rewarding, character-building and also an excellent role to have undertaken if they have future aspirations of joining the police force."
If you are interested in joining the Special Constabulary you can get more information by checking out www.kent.police.uk