Dearne special constables boost

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

South Yorkshire Police has recruited more special constables than any other police force over a 12 month period, new figures have revealed.

Between March 2013 and March 2014 the force recruited 104 specials - an increase of 34 per cent and more than any other force in England and Wales. The force now has 443 specials on its books. They are unpaid volunteers with the same powers as regular officers. Police chiefs claim they are ‘indistinguishable’ from their paid colleagues.

Superintendent Neil Thomas said: “The national figures are incredibly promising and it is great to see South Yorkshire leading the way in recruiting specials.”

The force wants to employ 500 special constables to increase police visibility on South Yorkshire’s streets. A recruitment event is planned this month. Ring 0114 2197000 for more details about the role.