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BLUNKETT CLARIFIES SPECIAL CONSTABLE PROPOSALS

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Home secretary David Blunkett, interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, said he thought it would be impossible...
Home secretary David Blunkett, interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, said he thought it would be impossible to recruit 30,000 special constables.

He said the Daily Telegraph story (see LGCnet) was one of a number of leaks from documents which the government had presented during the summer to working groups including chief constables, superintendents and Police Federation representatives for discussion. He said he was 'tickled' to hear the Police Federation accusing the government of leaking the story.

He added: 'I am interested in expanding the number of specials. I am prepared to look at ways of providing incentives.

'As ever, I'm afraid at the moment, with the British press a good story turns into exaggeration. I don't think it would be possible to recruit 30,000 people, even if we had the money to do so

'But I am interested in expanding the specials. We will bring this forward as part of the reform package - and if those who are being brought in and consulted would allow us to do so in private, we might be able to get a sensible agreement'.
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