Force issues appeal for special people who want to ‘make a real difference’

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A RECRUITMENT campaign has been launched in North Yorkshire to encourage residents to apply to become special constables.

North Yorkshire’s chief constable and police and crime commissioner want to bolster the ranks of the force’s trained volunteers who work alongside regular officers and police community support officers (PCSOs).

Bosses at the force are hoping to bring in more than 150 special constables. They say they want recruits to reflect the communities they serve and are particularly keen to hear from people aged over 35, those who live in rural areas and people from ethnic minorities.

Once selected, “Specials” complete a training programme, after which they have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform.

Police commissioner 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.”

Superintendent Richard Anderson, who leads the Special Constabulary at 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.”

Mrs Mulligan pledged to double the number of special constables in the county before she was elected to her role as police and crime commissioner in November 2012 The force last issued an appeal for special constables in July.

More information is also available by visiting the new North Yorkshire Police special constable recruitment micro website www.nypspecials.com