Long service recognised

A Brechin Special Constable has gained recognition for his years of service to the area. Jim Sherrit, who is now in his tenth year in the role, received the accolade from Tayside Police Chief Constable, Justine Curran.

At the ceremony, which took place on June 8, Jim received the Special Constabulary Long Service medal, awarded to those who have completed nine years full service.

Jim undertakes the role of Special Constable whilst still holding down a full time job.

Special Constables, such as Jim, are important for areas like Brechin where police officers need all the support they can get to ensure that they are covering as much of the area as possible.

Tayside Police employ over 1000 police officers, the establishment level of Special Constables within the Force is currently 137.

Peter Dickemann, who is the Special Constables Co-ordinator for Tayside Police, has acknowledged that whilst declining numbers in Special Constables overall is a concern, as many progress to become full time officers, applications remain at a good level and that applications are currently being accepted for this role.

Peter commented: “The ‘Specials’ have been a part of the force for years, and many join to see if they are suited to the police as a career.

“It is important that we continue to attract such applications, but we do have some ‘Specials’ who have been with us for 20/30 years, and are quite content being police officers on a part time basis, and we would welcome applications from individuals who only wish to put something back into their communities, and particularly from those resident in rural areas.”

For more info on becoming a Special Constable with Tayside Police please contact the Recruitment Department on 01382 596212, or Peter Dickemann on 01382 596277.