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Thames Valley Police wants special constables

Thames Valley Police is urging people in its region to consider becoming special constables.

The force is currently recruiting volunteers to take up the positions.

Special constables mainly conduct local patrols and take part in crime prevention initiatives, but they have the same powers as a regular officers.

The force which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, says it needs to make £52m of savings over the next four years.

In December Chief Constable Sara Thornton warned 800 jobs may have to be be cut across the force.

Special constables are expected to do a minimum of 18 hours duty a month, a spokesman said.

They may be involved in policing major incidents or events and providing support to regular officers and are able to make arrests, conduct house-to-house inquiries and give evidence in court.

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