New special constables join Hertfordshire Constabulary

PUBLISHED: 16:11 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 28 November 2016

New Special Constable Oliver Claridge with Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

New Special Constable Oliver Claridge with Chief Constable Charlie Hall.


Ten new Special Constables were welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary in a ceremony at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

The Attestation Ceremony was held at Police Headquarters on the evening of Tuesday, November 22.

Those that graduated included Oliver Claridge, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station, Denny Brandon and Charles Hoy who will be at Cheshunt, Danny Gilligan and Jonathan Lindsey, who will be at Borehamwood, and Emy Williams, Joshua Goddard, Rhea Hosey, Thomas Funge and Michael Hoft, who will be at Hertford, Bishop’s Stortford, St Albans, Stevenage and Watford respectively.

Following nine weeks of training, which started on September 17, the new recruits learnt about basic law around theft, public order, assaults, traffic, powers of arrest and Stop and Search.

They also used a virtual learning environment which trained them in legislation.

The new constables were joined by their family and friends, as well as local mayors including Welwyn Hatfield Deputy Mayor Lynne Sparks and her husband Ian Sparks, Mayor Rutledge of Hertsmere, Mayor Greensmyth of Broxbourne, Mayor Warnell of East Herts and Mayor Leonard of St Albans.

Magistrate Mrs Marion Brown of St Albans witnessed the graduates reading their Declaration Police Act oath.

Each graduate went through a rigorous selection process and had to pass a final exam and assessment to qualify for the role, and will continue their training over the next 12 months.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Special Constables are a vital part of our policing effort in Hertfordshire and we are delighted to welcome our new colleagues as members of the Hertfordshire police family.”

Deputy Commissioner David Gibson said: “Special Constables play a vital role in strengthening local policing teams across each of the ten districts and boroughs in Hertfordshire, helping to bring in additional resources, new skills, expertise and knowledge both to the front line and specialist units.”

“As an integral part of the policing family, it is essential that the recruitment, training and retention of Specials is fully supported.

“Currently in Hertfordshire 25 organisations are offering support to their employees who become Special Constables and we are hoping to encourage more businesses to do the same.”

For information on becoming a Special Constable, visit

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