North Yorkshire Police are launching a force-wide campaign to boost the ranks of volunteer Special Constables in the region.
Residents have the chance to make a positive difference in their communities by volunteering as a Special Constable.
Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, are launching a force-wide campaign on January 13 to attract more Special Constables.
Special Constables are trained volunteers who work alongside and support regular police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Once selected, ‘Specials’ complete a training programme, after which they have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform.
Julia Mulligan said: “Becoming a Special Constable for North Yorkshire Police is one of the most challenging and rewarding voluntary roles possible.
“Our Specials come from many different walks of life but all share a desire to make a real difference. They volunteer at least four hours per week and forge a vital link between their community and the police service.”
In order to ensure the Special Constabulary reflects the communities they serve, North Yorkshire Police is particularly keen to hear from people aged over 35, those who live in rural areas and people from ethnic minorities.
Superintendent Richard Anderson, who leads the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire Police, said: “This is a very exciting time for the Special Constabulary and we need as many people as possible to find out more about the role and hopefully decide it’s something for them.
“I know from my own experience how valued Special Constables are by police officers and their local communities. This is a chance to join the policing family and be part of something special on both a personal and professional level. We look forward to seeing you.”
Jerry Holland, Special Strategic Officer, said: “Special Constables play an important part in policing North Yorkshire, performing a wide variety of different duties. As a Special you will learn many new and often transferable skills, develop your confidence in dealing with difficult and challenging situations and, not least, make new friends.”
More information is available by visiting the new North Yorkshire Police Special Constable recruitment microsite www.nypspecials.com