Northamptonshire has the highest proportion of special police constables per capita in the country, according to a new HMIC report.
The county’s force currently has a total of 380 special constables – 74 per cent above the national average and equivalent to 0.54 special constables per 1,000 people..
Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “My aim is to make Northamptonshire the safest place in England and I’m delighted we can now announce our county has the highest proportion of specials in the country.
“To put it in perspective, what this figure means in real terms is specials have contributed more than 87,000 hours so far this year.
“That time has been spent across a wide variety of policing across the county such as tackling anti-social behaviour and violence.
“Our specials talk about the many, varied benefits they gain personally from joining up and this latest figure proves just how much the time they commit benefits us all.”
Chief Constable Adrian Lee added: “I’m very pleased we are the national leaders in this respect and confident we will continue to see an increase in both the number of specials and their contribution to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.”