Special volunteers come to the rescue during floods

Echo: Assistant Chief Officer Derek Hopkins and Chief Officer Leon Dias patrolling in Colchester Assistant Chief Officer Derek Hopkins and Chief Officer Leon Dias patrolling in Colchester

SPECIAL Constables have been praised for keeping the county safe during the floods.
 

The volunteers contributed almost 1,300 hours of support in two days.
 

130 who helped performed more than 151 tasks across the county.
 

Their involvement was praised as invaluable.
 

Essex Police is looking for many more Special Constables.
 

The number of officers and PCSOs are being cut to help Essex Police reduce its annual spend by £78million by 2016.
 

It follows large reductions in Government grants.
 

The floods have shown what an impact the volunteers can have and what a Special can do for their county.
 

Following the tidal surge Colchester’s Leon Dias, chief officer of the Special Constabulary in Essex, said: “This was a really amazing response, true to the ethos of the Special Constabulary of providing ‘resilience at times of peak demand’.
 

“Some officers worked duties in excess of 18 hours, some left day jobs early, some took leave from day jobs to help, some changed family plans, but everyone did so without moaning and with enthusiasm.
 

“I was very proud to be part of this excellent team and humbled to serve alongside my fellow Specials on Thursday and Friday.”
 

Police and Crime Commisisoner Nick Alston added: “The emergency service teams and partner agencies all rose to the challenge of the flooding with professionalism and commitment.
 

“The response of the Essex Police Special Constabulary was magnificent, and we should all be very proud of their endeavours to keep the people of our county safe from harm.  As Police and Crime Commissioner, I thank Leon and his officers for a special response.”
 

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11:25am Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

yup they have the power to turn back the tide., i note they where out along the waters edge at 2.am in Leigh etc....just would be great if they extended that to every night/early morning.
Crime won't crack its self.
yup they have the power to turn back the tide., i note they where out along the waters edge at 2.am in Leigh etc....just would be great if they extended that to every night/early morning. Crime won't crack its self. DogsMessInLeigh

5:40pm Wed 11 Dec 13

All_talk_no_action says...

The great floods of the east, I remember it well RIP to all who perished and thanks to the blue bands we owe you!!
The great floods of the east, I remember it well RIP to all who perished and thanks to the blue bands we owe you!! All_talk_no_action

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