Cheshire Constabulary′s new Chief Constable Simon Byrne formally welcomed 18 new recruits to the special constabulary at an attestation ceremony at their headquarters in Winsford.
Ch Con Byrne said: "Special constables play a valuable role in helping the force cut crime. They make a huge commitment to the services we provide to the public."
"They will be working closely with regular officers in neighbourhoods across the force and will undoubtedly make a difference to the communities in which they work. I look forward to seeing them enjoying their new roles and the difference they will make to the lives of local people."
The new specials were congratulated by Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer who spoke about his commitment to increase the visibility of police officers on the beat.
Mr Dwyer said "During my election campaign, the public told me that they wanted to see more officers on patrol. Special Constables make an immense difference to community policing and I am delighted to welcome our latest recruits."
Friends and family watched the new recruits read the oath of allegiance, and applauded as they received their warrant cards from magistrate David Petley.
The commitment and dedication of long serving specials was also recognised during the ceremony.
Five people received awards for five years′ service and a further six specials received medals for their nine years′ commitment.
The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who devote some of their spare time to work alongside and support Cheshire Police.
They have the same powers as regular officers, and have all taken part in an intensive training course which saw them studying various aspects of policing including public order training, statement taking, diversity, and human rights issues.
To find out more about becoming a special constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process, visit cheshire.police.uk/jobs/special-constables.aspx.