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Kent Special Constabulary gets £250,000 funding boost
KENT’s volunteer police force has received a funding boost of nearly a quarter-of-a-million pounds.
Kent’s Special Constabulary is made up of 350 officers who last year gave 64,000 hours of their time to provide voluntary policing in the county.
The £237,000 of new funds from the office of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes will go towards recruiting and training more Specials.
The move was announced at an attestation ceremony at the Kent Police College in Maidstone where newly trained special constables received their warrant cards for the first time.
Kent Special Constabulary Chief Officer Gavin McKinnon said: "This is very welcome investment in Specials.
"It recognises the unique contribution Special Constables can and do make by devoting their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life in Kent, and providing outstanding public service."
Mrs Barnes added: "The Specials are ordinary people doing an extraordinary thing and long may they continue."
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