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Do Something Special in North Yorkshire


6:54am 18th August 2014

So far, almost 200 people have requested an application pack.

The campaign is aimed at increasing the numbers of volunteer police officers, known as Specials, across the force, using their skills and local knowledge to enhance the service provided by North Yorkshire Police.

As a special constable you will have the same powers as the regular police officers you work alongside, playing a crucial role in fighting crime and making our streets safer.

The volunteers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and walks of life, must carry out at least four hours per week. They provide a vital link between their communities and the police service.

Specials also play a crucial role in helping to police high profile events such as the Tour de France, as well as taking responsibility for local events across the county.

Following recent feedback, this latest campaign will see the introduction of a new style application form. This new form is shorter, more user friendly and relevant to the requirements of our core vision and values.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to take up a new induction programme which are launching in early 2015. This is a distance learning option and supplements the classroom based induction programmes, with the aim of providing more flexibility for students, allowing them to tailor their studies to fit in with their personal circumstances.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said:

“I am encouraged by the number of people who have already requested an application pack to join the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire Police. It’s great to see how many people are willing to give something back to the communities in which they live."

“If you have thought about joining this vital part of the policing family, but have not yet had the chance to ask for an application pack, I urge you to take advantage of the extra time to do so."

“I am keen to see applications from the broadest range of ages and backgrounds possible so that the force represent the comities it serves."

“In particular, I am keen to see applications from people who may not want to join North Yorkshire Police as a full time career, but still want to make their communities safe places to live and work.”

Special Constable Tom Stirling, who has been with the Special Constabulary for two years, said:

“I am very pleased that I took the decision to become a Special. I know that I am making a real difference and helping to keep my local area safe."

“I have gained a great deal of experience and have dealt with some challenging incidents."

“The regular colleagues I work alongside have always been really supportive and appreciative of the contribution I give."

“If you have thought about becoming a Special, I would encourage you to do so. I know you will find it as fulfilling as I have.”

For more information about the Special Constabulary or becoming a Special Constable please visit www.nypspecials.com.

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