VIDEO: Search for more Specials

VIDEO: Search for more Specials

Published at 12:50pm 6th January 2016. (Updated at 5:20pm 6th January 2016)

North Yorkshire Police is hoping to recruit at least 70 new Special Constables during 2016.

The volunteer officers, who have the same uniform and powers as regular police officers, spend a minimum of 16 hours per month on duty.

There are currently 198 Specials and the force is looking for new recruits to be based in every district of North Yorkshire.

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.

Specials can also have further training and specialise in a particular area, such as public order and roads policing.

Chief Constable Dave Jones 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.

"The Special Constabulary is developing all the time, and as well as being involved in general policing duties, more opportunities are now available for Specials to focus on a particular area of policing and build up expertise and experience in that field.

"By joining the Specials, you will be part of a team of like-minded people who really do make a difference to people's lives, and whose work is appreciated by both regular officers and members of the public alike."

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.

"Many people don't realise that Specials undergo extensive initial training, as well as training on the job and exercise the same powers as regular officers do. If you want to make a real difference in your community, this is the volunteer role for you."

Some of North Yorkshire's Special Constables are supporting this year's campaign by featuring in a video explaining why they became a Special and how they juggle volunteering with their day-to-day life:

 

New 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 also need to commit to ongoing training once they have finished initial training.

Recruitment closes at 9am on 1 February and more information is available at www.nypspecials.com