North Yorkshire Police is looking to recruit at least 70 new Special Constables during its 2016 campaign which began this week.
Special Constables are volunteer police officers who have the same uniform and powers as regular (paid) police officers in the force.
They volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month to policing York and North Yorkshire and carry out a full range of operational, front-line duties.
North Yorkshire Police currently has 198 Special Constables and is looking for new recruits to be based in every district of North Yorkshire.
Specials, as they are known, come from all walks of life and backgrounds which means that they bring with them a whole host of skills and abilities.
They go through a rigorous training programme before they qualify to go out on the beat where they cover a wide range of duties from policing public events, to attending emergency incidents.
They can also choose to undertake further training and specialise in a particular area of policing such as public order, (policing protests, football matches etc) and roads policing.
Chief Constable Dave Jones, who is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead for Citizens in Policing, said: “Joining the specials opens up a world of opportunities for personal and professional advancement.
“It is also a hugely rewarding and unique volunteering experience.”
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, added: “The specials are an important part of the policing family and their role is highly valued.
“As well as playing a great role in increasing police presence in our communities, being a special is a great way to meet new friends and develop skills that will stand you in good stead throughout life.”
As a Special Constable, recruits must commit to volunteering a minimum of 16 hours per month, but during their initial training and probation, they are likely to complete significantly more hours. They will also have to commit to ongoing training once their initial training is complete. Initial training is made up of three to four months of weekend based training which is mandatory.
Visit www.nypspecials.com for details. Recruitment closes at 9am on February 1.