Unmarked cars on patrol in Tunbridge Wells as town is targeted by volunteer police

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By kentsussex | Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 10:11

Twenty special constables were deployed across the west of the county on Saturday night to help tackle local neighbourhood policing issues.

Special Constables are volunteers, who have received full police training and have full powers of arrest, and work alongside regular police officers at Kent Police...

In Maidstone, Special Constables were joined by a police drugs dog to tackle drug use in the town centre.

As a result of indications from the dog, a 28 year-old man from Rochester was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis. He was later given a police caution.

A second man, a 31 year-old from Maidstone, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug. He was later released on police bail until 4 February 2013.

Officers were also tasked to outer areas of the town, including Parkwood, Mangravet and Shepway to conduct licensing checks at local off-licences.

In Tonbridge, a 21 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in Lyons Crescent after he was abusive. He later received a penalty notice for disorder, with an £80 fine.

Officers also patrolled Snodland, Kings Hill and East Malling following reports of anti-social behaviour. No arrests were made.

In Tunbridge Wells, special constables were deployed in plain clothes and in unmarked cars following reports of burglaries in the area. No arrests were made but a number of cars and people were stop-checked as officers tackle residential burglary in the winter months.

In Swanley, officers assisted with locating a man who was wanted on suspicion of breaching bail conditions placed upon him by the courts. He was found and arrested. Officers also carried out breath tests on drivers as part of proactive work in the lead up to the festive period to tackle drink driving on roads in Kent.

Police Constable Sharon Turner, Specials Co-ordinator at Kent Police, said: 'Using volunteer officers, we were able to tackle a whole variety of neighbourhood issues on Saturday night and make a positive impact, in addition to our day-to-day policing.

"It shows the wide range of exciting and interesting activities that members of the public can get involved in as a Special Constable and the sort of contribution you can make to the county as a volunteer.

"An additional 20 officers were put on the streets of the west of the county on Saturday night and made a really valuable contribution to disrupting and deterring crime in the lead up to the Christmas period.'



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