We rightly pay those who serve us as part-time soldiers, so why not pay Special Constables too?
In any event, it was well worth celebrating the valuable contribution to policing by the Special Constabulary over the past 175 years and to thank those who give their time freely to protect the rest of us.
About half the 168 Specials serving within the Lincolnshire attended the event, along with Lincolnshire Chief Constable Tony Lake.
They heard Cheshire Chief Constable Peter Fahy's keynote address in which he spoke of the amazing role of the Specials.
Mr Fahy, who speaks for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on Special Constables said:
...We give these volunteers the same powers and the same uniform as full time officers. Across the country we are seeing the number of Specials increasing as more local people want to play their part in keeping their neighbourhood safer.Should they be paid? What do you think?
We realise that we need to bridge the gap between police and public and the Special Constabulary is a powerful way of doing this as it gets members of the public involved in the very heart of policing.