Conservative Councillors in Southampton have launched a groundbreaking new initiative. On Wednesday approval was given for a scheme which will see council tax scrapped for local people who sign up as volunteer police, to help police Southampton's streets. The drive to recruit a further 25 special constables in Southampton comes the same week that Hampshire Police Authority, facing financial pressures from government, has moved to axe 81 uniformed police in Hampshire.
This is a great initiative. We are hopeful that we can help recruit more specials in Southampton and support existing volunteers who do a tremendous job, currently with no reward. Specials have full police powers and make a huge difference, supporting the police and keeping our streets safe.
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Royston Smith holds the the Council's portfolio with responsibility for community safety and he talks HERE about the new scheme: