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Public asked to clean police cars for free

Police chiefs have advertised for people to clean their cars, act as interpreters and hand out crimefighting leaflets - all for free.

In its advert, police in Staffordshire invited people to volunteer to wash and vacuum patrol cars, in the hopes it would save 5,500 police hours.

But critics have described the recruitment drive, which is also seeking unpaid interpreters to work alongside police and helpers for crime prevention campaigns, as threatening to “undermine the professionalism and independence of policing”.

Assistant chief constable Julian Blazeby said he thought local people would be “keen to get involved” in helping police.

Belfast Telegraph