THE number of special constables in Swindon has dropped from 110 at the end of last year to 91.

The losses are attributed to specials becoming regular PCs in Wiltshire, Thames Valley and Avon and Somerset as well as the military.

A recruitment campaign is continuing. The role of specials will be consider by the Safer and Stronger Communities Overiew and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday.

The number of hours delivered by specials in Swindon in the 2011-12 operational year was 20,612 of which 1,535 were training hours, 1,322 were administration hours and 17,755 were operational hours.

During these operational hours they carried out 81 arrests, undertook 28 stop searches, issued 12 endorsable fixed penalty notices and 21 non-endorsable fixed penalties.