Search is on for police ‘specials’

Zoe Harvey, left, Special Constables Liason Officer for Scarborough and Ryedale, Inspector Tony Quinn, and Special Constable Sarah Robinson, at the Police recruitment event for special constables at Falsgrave Community Centre on Saturday.  Pictures by Andrew Higgins.  113675

Zoe Harvey, left, Special Constables Liason Officer for Scarborough and Ryedale, Inspector Tony Quinn, and Special Constable Sarah Robinson, at the Police recruitment event for special constables at Falsgrave Community Centre on Saturday. Pictures by Andrew Higgins. 113675

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MEMBERS of the public who are interested in becoming special constables attended a recruitment event in Scarborough.

People who are keen to take on the role were able to put questions to existing special constables and full-time police officers during the event at Falsgrave Community Centre.

Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Quinn said: “We have got some fabulous special constables already in Scarborough, but we want more.”

Special constables, who volunteer for around four hours a week, have the same powers as paid police officers.

There are currently 154 special constables in North Yorkshire, with the force hoping to add a further 40 by March next year as the start of a three-year rolling recruitment programme.

A total of nine special constables are based at Scarborough Police Station, with another three at Eastfield, one in Filey and four in Whitby.

It is hoped that another 14 special constables will be recruited for the Scarborough region through the recruitment drive.

Zoe Harvey, special constable liaison officer for Scarborough and Ryedale, added: “The event was very successful and we met a few people who will be submitting applications.

“Becoming a special constable allows people to put something back into the community and a lot of people do it to see what it’s like before they join up as a regular officer.”

Similar recruitment events have also taken place in York and Harrogate in recent weeks.

Chief Inspector Richard Anderson, who is leading the recruitment process, said: “I am pleased with the numbers of people attending the first three events.

“They have proven to be popular, with a wide range of people from varying backgrounds attending.”

For more information on becoming a special constable visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/specials. Applications for the current recruitment drive must reach North Yorkshire Police by 5pm on September 23.

Training is provided to successful candidates.