New special constables join GMP force

Greater Manchester Police has welcomed 17 new Special Constables to its ranks.
James TurnerJames Turner
James Turner

Greater Manchester Police has welcomed 17 new Special Constables to its ranks.

The new recruits were joined at Sedgley Park by their family and friends, as well as GMP Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mike Walmsley and officiating magistrate Stephen Paine.

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Among their number was James Turner who grew up in Tyldesley, and at the age of six he joined the local Scout movement and became a Beaver.

Some 14 years later, James is now Assistant County Youth Commissioner for Greater Manchester West Scouts.

James cited the friendships he has made during scouting, as the motivation for becoming a Special Constable.

The attestation marks the end of the recruits five-month training programme and the start of their volunteer role.

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Before being sworn in as a Constable and receiving their police authorities, the volunteers must make a declaration which is known as the Police Oath.

Chief Supt Ellison said: “The skills and experience that Special Constables often bring are invaluable to Greater Manchester Police.

“They play a pivotal role in policing Greater Manchester and helping build relationships, which only makes our communities stronger.

“The fact that they volunteer in their own time is commendable and it’s great to see their dedication and commitment to supporting GMP.

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“Each recruit has their own personal reasons for joining GMP and I always enjoy hearing the reasons why our Specials choose to volunteer.”