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MORE SPECIAL CONSTABLES NEEDED IN RURAL AREAS

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There are calls for more special constables to combat rising crime in rural areas, BBC Radio Four's Today programme...
There are calls for more special constables to combat rising crime in rural areas, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Frances Beattie, regional secretary of the Country Landowners Association in Staffordshire told the programme police forces should start to pay special constables, to attract more volunteers.

This would allow more community based initiatives against crime, she said.

But John Gifford, chief constable of Staffordshire, told Today special constables do not want to be paid.

'They come to us because they want to give something to the community,' he said. Staffordshire has 700 special constables.
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