Force aims to recruit 1,000 new Special Constables

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West Yorkshire Police is planning to recruit hundreds of Special Constables in the new year. a crime chief has revealed.

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns Williamson, said the role of the volunteers was “vital” to effective policing in the area.

Mr Burns Williamson said: “With a new victim’s code in place 2014 will see an improved service provided to victims and witnesses in West Yorkshire with their needs at the heart of the way support is provided and in the best way possible.

“We are also planning to recruit approximately 1,000 Special Constables in the new year, a role vital to effective policing in West Yorkshire as Dr Alistair McFadyen one of our Specials, just awarded the MBE for services to community policing, clearly shows. Volunteers are also urged to sign up and get involved with the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in 2014.”

In a new year message the crime chief also urged people to contact him about what matters to them in terms of community safety.

Mr Burns Williamson said he will be focusing on safer neighbourhoods with more visible policing, more integrated partnership working, increased engagement, greater support for victims and more opportunities for volunteers this year.

“This coming year sees huge challenges for our West Yorkshire police service and across our vital public services with a government cut to the police budget of nearly a third resulting in £154m of savings needed by 2016/17. These challenges mean that in the year ahead we need to change the way we do policing to make sure we are all working on intervention and crime prevention together, with police resources focused on catching the criminals and detecting crime.

“The eight policing divisions across West Yorkshire have become five, streamlined to share boundaries with your local council areas and your local councillors, with more and better technology to be used remotely will mean your bobbies and PCSOs are where you want them, out and about on the beat, on your street, making your community safer and feel safer.”