Boris appeals for more Special Constables
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has appealed for more Special Constables. He found the money to train another 10,000 of them.
"Most people I know had childhood aspirations of becoming such authority figures with shiny buttons. Yet as we grow up, and we discover that a profession is worth doing for more than the sartorial standards it keeps, we choose different paths. However, there are some who keep the dream alive - ultimately for reasons of high public spirit. If they don't go on to become fully fledged coppers, then they volunteer and become Special Constables - of which there are currently over two and a half thousand in London."
eight hours a fortnight. So I'm calling on Londoners to reconnect with their childhood ambitions, to release that pent up desire to do good and step forward."
Those interested can sign up here. If you live in Southampton you can get a 100% rebate on your Council Tax courtesy of the Conservative-run Council. Unfortunately Boris can't offer that to Londoners under the existing rules as the GLA is a pre-empting authority rather than a billing authority. But I don't think that would stop the London Boroughs waving their share.