Harpenden student is one of county’s youngest specials

A YOUNG Harpenden student has become one of the county’s youngest special constables.

Hussain Skoien, 18, a pupil at St George’s School in Sun Lane, is in his final A-level year but also finds time to help police the streets of the St Albans district.

Hussain, who hopes to go to university next year, said: “My grandfather was a police officer in Pakistan and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“Being a Special is something I was keen to do because it gives me a chance to gain invaluable insight into a possible future career for me while also helping the people in the district I live.”

Hussain did 27 hours of service in November while studying for A-levels in English literature, ICT and philosophy and ethics. He admitted that it was hard work. “It can be tough fitting it in with your studies. But my school are very supportive about it and it’s a question of being organised with my studies so I still get them done as well.”

He has eight siblings who mostly work in finance and business but his father has always wanted one of his children to join the force. Since he started Hussain has worked with the emergency response units, answering 999 calls, as well as being on duty on fireworks night.

He speaks Urdu, Norwegian and Arabic as well as English and said: “I am hoping that my language skills will really benefit the force. For anyone who is thinking about becoming a Special, I can thoroughly recommend it, no matter what age they are.”

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There is only one other 18-year-old Special in the St Albans district and Hussain’s decision has brought nothing but praise from his head teacher, Norman Hoare, who said: “We are very proud of Hussain’s determination to serve the community and the people of Hertfordshire in this way.

“It is an incredible step for a young person to take but I believe it reflects the school’s ethos of serving others and his own commitment to helping people.”

Anyone aged between 18 and 62 and in general good health can apply to become a Special and further details can be found on the website www.herts.police.uk/specials/index.htm or contact Special Chief Officer Peter Mould on 01923 472576.