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Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons at 3:03 pm on 22nd March 2021.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department 3:03 pm, 22nd March 2021

My hon. Friend raises what is an excellent point and an important one. If I may, I would like to praise the work of her police and crime commissioner for the work that she is doing around special constables. Currently, we have no plans to set up a formal police reserve. However, my hon. Friend will know we are seeing more and more special constables joining to become full-time police officers. We are working with them. We are also looking at new protections for them. Of course, it is absolutely right that local forces should have the ability to reward volunteers for their valuable contributions. That is something that I fully back.