Nottingham

Special constables plan for Gedling borough

A Nottinghamshire borough has announced plans to recruit its own unit of special constables.

Gedling Borough Council has set aside £20,000 to set up the team of 20 volunteers to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is expected they will patrol five areas including Arnold and Carlton, the authority said.

The special constables would be based at the council's civic centre in Arnold.

'Positive presence'

Councillor Michael Payne, deputy leader at Gedling Borough Council, said: "This is a very exciting scheme for Gedling because these special constables will be specifically for the Gedling area and will be a very positive presence in our communities."

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott at Nottinghamshire Police said: "This decision is very welcome.

"The beneficiaries, of course, will be the residents of Gedling borough who should see continued reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour as a result of this additional deployment of special officers."

The proposal will be discussed at a budget cabinet meeting on Thursday night. If given the go-ahead recruitment is expected to start in April or May.

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