HC Deb 28 October 1976 vol 918 c325W
Mr. Walter Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the increase in muggings and other forms of violence, he will initiate a recruitment campaign to increase the number of special constables, particularly in the towns and cities.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Chief officers are already encouraged to recruit as many special constables as they can usefully train and deploy, although their use will not necessarily be appropriate in situations involving a risk of violence. Local recruitment campaigns are supported by advertisements in the national Press, a series of which is planned to appear next month.