A MAJOR campaign to boost the number of Special Constables in the county is being launched today by Essex Police.

The force is hoping to bolster the number of volunteers who give up their own time as Special Constables to protect and serve their communities.

Called My Other Life, the campaign focuses on the experiences the role of SC can offer in contrast to people’s day jobs.

The recruitment campaign is supported by a TV advert, which will be shown on Sky using real, serving Essex Special Constables.

Amongst those featured in the advert are mum-of-two 45-year-old Angie Clarkson, who works in the construction industry but volunteers as a Special at evenings and weekends to fit around family life.

Golf professional Chris Gliddon, 20, gives up his Friday nights to be on the frontline and granddad-of-six Derek Hopkins has been a Special Constable for 37-years.

Chris said: “I have been a Special for just over a year. I try to have Friday nights as my policing nights but I end up coming in way more than that. I love the diversity in the people we speak to and types of jobs we go to. It’s nothing like my day job.”

Angie, who has been a Special for more than two years said: “I enjoy everything about being a Special. I like to go to jobs and feel like I’ve made a difference.

“There’s nothing like going home after a shift knowing that what I’ve done for someone has had a positive effect. That is priceless.”

Derek added: “What I like about being a Special Constable is the variety, challenge and opportunities.”

Those who take on the role enjoy the benefit of full training learning everything from how to investigate crimes to staying safe on the frontline.

Essex Police’s Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “Special Constables give thousands of hours every year to make Essex safer. Each has a day job but in their other life they investigate crime, support victims and catch villains. I would urge anyone who is interested to search online for Essex Police Specials.”

Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex added: “Special Constables come from all walks of life. Each of them, when they have done their training and put their uniform on, make a significant contribution to policing. I want to see a Special in every community, working alongside full time officers to support the safe and secure communities we want across our county.”

Special Constables have full police powers, uniforms, equipment and training. To find out more visit www.essex.police.uk/specials