NORTH Yorkshire Police are launching a recruitment campaign to bolster the ranks of Special Constables - trained volunteers who work alongside police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Heading the campaign, Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan are particularly keen to hear from people aged over 35, those who live in rural areas and people from ethnic minorities.

Once selected, ‘Specials’ complete a training programme, after which they have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform.

Julia Mulligan said: “Becoming a Special Constable for North Yorkshire Police is one of the most challenging and rewarding voluntary roles possible.

“Our Specials come from many different walks of life but all share a desire to make a real difference. They volunteer at least four hours per week and forge a vital link between their community and the police service.”

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