South Yorkshire Police are appealing for residents to become spcial constables.
Special Constables are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers. They are a valuable policing resource and indistinguishable from regular officers.
Specials receive the same training as regular officers and they each have their own mentor.
The Force would like to raise the number of Specials across the region to 650 by April 2015. This reinforces South Yorkshire Police’s priorities to increase visible policing and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.
Since June 2013, when the Force launched its latest recruitment campaign, the number of Specials in South Yorkshire rose from 273 to 410 (up to June 2014).
Superintendent Neil Thomas said: “We are delighted that the number of people joining South Yorkshire Police as Specials keeps increasing and has nearly doubled in the last year.
“We now have more Specials in force than we have ever had before.
“We are keen to increase our Special Constabulary even further and we welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and age groups, to reflect the diverse communities we serve.”
A Special Constable open day is being held at ICE Sheffield, Coleridge Road, on Sunday 28 September from 10am to 1pm. Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary is encouraged to come along and find out more about the role.
Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary Stephen Merrett said: “Specials in South Yorkshire perform a wide variety of duties, more than other police forces, giving individuals a much broader range of skills and experiences.
“We assist in a whole manner of incidents from searching for missing people to sporting events. Every day is a different challenge and we really do make a difference.”
Special Constable applicants should be 18 to 65 years-old, be able to work a minimum of 16 hours a month and be living, working or studying in South Yorkshire.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Special please call 0114 2197000 or visit www.southyorks.police.uk/specials