Police Specials stall suspected Xmas & New Year drink drivers
A team of enthusiastic volunteers battled the torrential downpours and helped to stall suspected drink drivers in Birmingham during an operation led by the force’s Special Constabulary.
Six Specials together with the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) and West Midlands roads policing teams organised the drink and drug driving crackdown overnight (Friday 21 December).
A total of 278 cars were stopped in roadside checks on Newtown Row and Hagley Road with 19 breath tests and one drug test being conducted.
Thankfully no arrests needed to be made with the highest reading of 31 being recorded – the legal limit is 35.
The operation further highlighted the importance of policing volunteers whose day jobs range from IT managers to bus driver.
They are aged from their 20s to 60s – and work alongside regular officers to help catch criminals and keep people safe.
Special Sergeant Scott Collen, from the Special Constabulary, has been a volunteer for a decade having been attracted to the idea of signing up while a studying at Birmingham University.
The 29-year-old software project manager said:
“Some people go and play golf in their spare time… I go and chase stolen cars.
“There are people from all walks of life who I work alongside as a Special and it is incredibly rewarding to be able to help catch criminals or helping others in their time of need.
“As CMPG Specials we wanted to support the festive drink drive campaign and reiterate the dangers of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drinks or drugs.
“We have all seen the tragic consequences of breaking the law and as a police family we want to keep people safe… especially at Christmas.
“I would really like to thank the members of the public who we stopped last night who were all thankful for us conducting these checks.”
Specials have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform; hours are flexible but they are required to volunteer a minimum of four hours each week, or more if they can spare the time.