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Malton York And Selby To Get More Special Constables

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6:01am 29th July 2013

Malton York and Selby are getting more special constables in a recruitment drive by North Yorkshire Police.

The new recruits will join the North Yorkshire Police service, working as volunteers throughout communities across North Yorkshire.

Increasing the number of Special Constables was a key pledge in Police and Crime Commissioner - Julia Mulligan's manifesto. This promise has since been included in her first Police and Crime Plan, through which she aims to double the number of Special Constables in North Yorkshire.

The new recruitment campaign, opening today (29 July) in York and Scarborough, is the latest opportunity for people to explore how they could make a real difference in their community as a volunteer Special Constable.  A number of recruitment evening road shows are planned in different areas where people keen to discover more about this hugely rewarding role can ask questions and meet Special Constables. 

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and Chief Constable Dave Jones will be at the first event, which takes place from 5pm on Monday 29 July 2013, at Fulford Road Police Station, York, when they will be available for comment.

Speaking about the campaign, Julia said: “Becoming a Special Constable for North Yorkshire Police is one of the most rewarding and exciting voluntary roles possible.  It is one of the very best ways to give something back to your community through helping protect and keep people safe, without joining the service on a full time basis.”

“As a lead for the Special Constabulary on behalf of Commissioners, I am involved nationally in exploring and developing their role. I understand the crucial part they have in the service and in local communities.  I want to develop the role in the future and really integrate them into the communities in which they serve – this includes in urban and more rural areas.”

“I would encourage anyone with a strong desire to make a real difference and who can give at least 4 hours a week to the service, to come along to a recruitment evening, or look at the information on the website, and complete an application form.”

Superintendent Richard Anderson holds the port folio for the Special Constabulary on behalf of North Yorkshire Police. He said: “Special Constables have the same powers as their regular colleagues and carry out a full range of operational front line duties.

“Specials come from a wide variety of backgrounds, which means that they bring with them a whole host of skills and abilities which complement those of their regular colleagues.

“Having worked alongside Specials, I know from personal experience how much their contribution is valued by their fellow officers.”

“If you are thinking about joining this valued service, please come along to one of the planned recruitment events, where you can talk to Specials who are already serving with North Yorkshire Police.”

For more information about the Special Constabulary, particularly if you are unable to attend one of the recruitment events, please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/specials.

Special Constable recruitment evenings:

Scarborough Police Station, Northway on Monday 29 July from 6.30pm to 8:30pm

York Police Station, Fulford Road on Monday 29 July from 5pm to7pm

Malton Police Station, Old Malton Road on Tuesday 30 July from 6.30pm to 8:30pm

Selby Police Station, Portholme Road on Wednesday 31 July, from 7pm to 9.30pm

Harrogate Police Station, Beckwith Head Road on  Wednesday 31 July from 6.30pm to 8:30pm

Northallerton Police Station, High Street on Thursday 1 August from 5pm to 8pm

Skipton, Otley Road on Tuesday 6 August from 5pm to 8pm

York Police Station, Fulford Road on Thursday 8 August from 7pm to 9.30pm

Richmond Police Station, I’Anson Road on Wednesday 7 August from 6pm – 8pm.

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