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Special people wanted by North Yorkshire Police

Last modified: 9 May 2018 at 10:48am

North Yorkshire Police are on the hunt for people with that "Special" quality, as the force launches its campaign to recruit a new intake of Special Constables.

Special Constables are volunteers, who commit at least four hours of their time per week to keeping communities safe. “Specials” go through a rigorous training programme before they qualify to go out on the beat, where they work alongside regular police officers covering a wide range of different duties – anything from policing public events, to tackling anti-social behaviour or attending emergency incidents.

North Yorkshire Police currently has more than 160 Special Constable volunteers, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, including teachers, airline cabin crew, office workers and archaeologists.

The force is hoping to recruit a further 100 Specials as part of a wider programme to boost the number of citizens involved in policing, and enhance links with all parts of the community in North Yorkshire.

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Commenting on the Specials recruitment campaign, Dave Jones, Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Special Constables are a very important part of the policing family. It is a role where life experience really counts, so we are looking for people who have already built up some problem-solving and people skills through their work or home life, and are looking to use their abilities to take on a new challenge.

“Our ideal recruit will be someone with strong links to their local community, who works well as part of a team, and is interested in developing their career as a Special on a long-term basis. If that sounds like you, I would urge you to visit our website to find out how to apply.”

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, added: “Special Constables make a very positive difference to their communities, by protecting vulnerable people and helping to bring law-breakers to justice. I want a Special Constabulary that is as diverse as the communities we serve, so I hope this campaign will encourage a wide range of people to sign up.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Special Constable can visit www.nypspecials.com for more information and an expression-of-interest form.

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