North Yorkshire Police, have gained 14 new Special Constables following a Passing Out Ceremony yesterday (15 July).
Special Constables are volunteers, who give a minimum of 16 hours per month to policing. Like regular Officers they must complete extensive legal and practical training, and they have the power of arrest. For some being a Special Constable is a stepping stone into a possible future career as a regular Officer, whilst for others it is a way to give something back to the community and take up a new challenge, alongside their existing career.
This new cohort of “Specials” have a variety of “day jobs” including careers in retail, theatre management, environmental conservation and even being a lifeguard instructor.
Commenting on the new cohort of Special Constables, North Yorkshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, Phil Cain, said:
“Our own Chief Constable, Lisa Winward, started her policing career as a volunteer Special, and we are the lead Force nationally for volunteering, so keeping a strong Special Constabulary is very important to us.
“Special Constables do not “replace” regular Officers – they work alongside them as an important part of the policing family – and we gain enormously from the breadth of knowledge and experience that they bring to our Force. Training to become a Special Constable is not easy, and the fourteen men and women who have joined our Special Constabulary have already shown great dedication to get to this point. I am absolutely delighted to welcome them into North Yorkshire Police and I’m sure they will make a fantastic contribution to their communities.”
The new Special Constables will join the following policing teams:
York: Anthony Burns, Rob Gooch, Sarah Harrison, Stuart Macgregor, Emily Myers
Harrogate: Samuel Ferguson
Whitby: Michael Heerin, Joshua Snaith
Hambleton/Richmond: Vicky Noble; Adam Peacock; Michael Scott; Joseph Williscroft
Northallerton: Antony WaiteLast modified: July 16, 2019