Ten of the applicants were for student police officers and the other three were trying to volunteer to be a special constable
It is understood a number of special constables
were "inactive" and have been removed from the register.
Chief Supt Graham Hall, from the force's Neighbourhood command said: "The awards are a true testament to the exceptional talent of our special constables
and highlight the enormous contribution they make in both supporting regular colleagues and improving people's lives in County Durham and Darlington."
Michael Banks, deputy chief constable of Durham police, said: "Special Constables
have been an integral part of policing since 1831 but never more eective than they are now.
In his Police and Crime Plan for the next 12 months, Mr Roddick laid out his proposals to recruit more Special Constables
and specialist volunteers, as they "add value to the quality of policing".
If you think you have what it takes to be a Special Constable
and can play an essential part in supporting the regular officers of Merseyside Police, find out more at www.merseyside.police.uk Here, you can register to attend the next recruitment event on January 15, 2015, from 7pm-9pm, at Police Headquarters, Canning Place, Liverpool.
"Thankfully we got great training, which came flooding straight back as soon as I cuffed him but it was certainly quite a learning experience." The special constable
, from Solihull, was one of the first batch of new recruits taken on by West Midlands Police following a recruitment drive last year.
are an important part of police forces and perform the fullrange of policing duties.
A SUSPECTED drug dealer escaped from police custody when he was escorted to a Midland hospital by a special constable
"The role is an exciting and challenging one, which all Special Constables
The Met is holding a Special Constables
Open Event at Glaziers Hall by London Bridge on January 16 from 10am where people can find out more about the role.