Force welcomes 12 Special Constables

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Another 12 Special Constables have been welcomed to North Yorkshire Police, bringing the total number of new specials this year to 59.

The volunteer police officers were attested in front of family and friends at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday by chairman of the bench, John Seymour.

The attestation – which is when the officers are sworn in and given their warrant cards – followed their intensive, initial training period of three months.

They will now be assigned a tutor constable on their neighbourhood beats who will guide them through the next phase of their training, which can take up to two years.

Chief Officer for Citizens in Policing, Mike Maiden, who is also a volunteer, welcomed the Specials Constables to North Yorkshire Police, he said: “The officers have undertaken a very intensive training programme and have now realised their aspiration of holding the office of Special Constable.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Specials play an important part in the policing of North Yorkshire. To see volunteers as dedicated and professional as Special Constables working hard to make our communities a safer place is always inspiring, and I wish our new Specials the best of luck in their careers.”

The new officers include: Special Constables David Allen, Craig Barker, Richard Cooper, Daniel Hardey and James Hope who will be based in Scarborough. Special Constables Harry Baulch, Alex Carter, Bethany Crawford-Evans, Stacie Franks and Antonia McMahon who will be based in York. Special Constables Victoria Roberts and Maryam Zammitt who will be based in Harrogate.