Barbara met up with four Special Police Constables at Little Hulton Police Station.
Tony McNulty, Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety had invited Barbara to meet the Special PCs to recognise the work they were doing within the police force in Salford as part of ‘National Specials Weekend’.
The weekend has been organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers, to promote the work done by the dedicated volunteers, who contribute an enormous amount to their local communities as Special Constables.
'Specials', as the Special Constables are known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries - and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police forces, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community.
“It was great to meet the Specials and to be able to thank them for the work they do for the community in Salford.
“The work they do is voluntary but the training they receive and the powers that they have mean that they are a key part of the force of police out patrolling on Friday and Saturday nights.
“We need more people like these four to step forward to be Special Police Constables and I shall be working with the police in Salford to help make this happen in the coming months.”
Barbara with the Little Hulton Special Constables