Police chiefs recuit more volunteers

South Yorkshire Special Constables Abaid Hussain and Anisa Hussain

South Yorkshire Special Constables Abaid Hussain and Anisa Hussain

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A series of events have been organised to try to recruit more Special Constables in South Yorkshire.

Police chiefs want more volunteers to join South Yorkshire Police’s Special Constabulary this year to boost numbers on the streets.

The force has had to reduce the number of paid police officers it employs because of Government funding cuts, with police chiefs having to find ways of saving £49 million.

They want top boost the number of Specials on the streets to increase visibility.

Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary, Stephen Merrett, said: “Specials in South Yorkshire have a unique opportunity to perform a wide range of duties, from providing a visible policing presence at sporting events to searching for missing people.

“I’d encourage anyone interested in this diverse and challenging job role to come along to one of our presentations and find out a bit more.

“I would also like to extend the invitation to join the Specials to those living outside of South Yorkshire who work or study in the region, who want to contribute to the policing of our community.

Special Constables are volunteers who have the same training as regular officers and the same powers.

There will be four presentation evenings throughout February, with the first to be held on Monday, February 9 at 6pm at the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby.

Others will be held at the University Campus, Barnsley College, Church Street, Barnsley; South Yorkshire Police’s Sports and Social Club, Niagara Road, Wadsley Bridge and Doncaster College, Chappell Drive, Doncaster.

Call 0114 2197000.