Devon and Cornwall police to recruit 200 special constables
DEVON and Cornwall’s police force is to see an increase of 200 special constables over the next four years.
Tony Hogg, Devon and Cornwall’s police crime commissioner said he wants the number of special officers to increase from 600 to 800 by 2017.
Mr Hogg said the money for the new jobs would come from contingency funds.
Extra training will be given to the new special constables who will have full arrest powers.
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A recruitment freeze for full-time officers has been lifted.
Previously officer applicants had been told they could not be recruited because of the freeze.
Since 2010 the number of officers has dropped from 3,500 to 3,090.