Police extend deadline for recruitment of Specials

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The summer campaign to attract more people to become Police Specials in Ryedale and North Yorkshire Police has been extended to allow even more people the chance to apply.

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.

A special constable has the same powers as the regular police officers they work alongside.

The volunteers, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and walks of life, must carry out at least four hours per week.

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 the force’s core vision and values.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to take up a new induction programme which is being launched 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.

“I am keen to see applications from the broadest range of ages and backgrounds possible.”

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