Flood of applicants for special constable posts at North Yorkshire Police

Flood of applicants for special constable posts

Flood of applicants for special constable posts

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MORE than 100 people have said they want to become special constables in a new recruitment drive in North Yorkshire.

In the first ten days of the campaign, which launched on July 18, 108 people have requested an application pack.

York has 35 applicants, Harrogate, 21, Scarborough, 17 and Hambleton, 12. The campaign is aimed at increasing the numbers of volunteer police officers, who are commonly known as specials, across the force, using their skills and local knowledge to compliment the service provided by North Yorkshire Police.

Special constables have the same powers as regular police officers. The volunteers must carry out at least four hours per week.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “I am pleased with the level of interest people have shown in joining North Yorkshire Police’s Special Constabulary so far. It is encouraging to see how many people are willing to volunteer to help keep their communities safe places to live and work.

“I would like to see applications from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, so that the force reflects the communities it serves. I am also keen to see applications from people who may not wish to join the police as full-time career, but would like to make a valuable contribution to helping keeping their community a safe place to live and work.”

Specials help police events such as the Tour de France, as well as taking responsibility for local events across the county.

Applicants from this campaign who are successful will take part in a new induction programme which will be launching in early 2015. This will be a distance learning option and will supplement our other classroom based induction programmes, with the aim of providing more flexibility for students, allowing students them to tailor their studies to fit in with their personal circumstances.

For more details information about the Special Constabulary, or becoming a special constable, please visit www.nypspecials.com

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3:15pm Sat 2 Aug 14

nottoooldtocare says...

By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.
By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have. nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 4

6:58pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Ambra_Mike says...

nottoooldtocare wrote:
By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.
The naivety of your post really makes me wonder.....

Perhaps these volunteers want to contribute to society? Have you thought about that?. Perhaps they want to use the experience to obtain additional skills that they can use in business, or dare I say it and really tip you over the edge and say they might actually be interested in a career on the job?.

If your car gets lifted, your house rolled over, or your wallet and bank card are lifted by a ruffian, would you turn down the assistance of a special when he / she comes to take a statement? Or could they catch the ruffian and as they are only volunteers shake the ruffian down and then let him / her off.... After all they are only volunteers, and you can't understand why they want to help.

I am agog with excitement pending your reply!.
[quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.[/p][/quote]The naivety of your post really makes me wonder..... Perhaps these volunteers want to contribute to society? Have you thought about that?. Perhaps they want to use the experience to obtain additional skills that they can use in business, or dare I say it and really tip you over the edge and say they might actually be interested in a career on the job?. If your car gets lifted, your house rolled over, or your wallet and bank card are lifted by a ruffian, would you turn down the assistance of a special when he / she comes to take a statement? Or could they catch the ruffian and as they are only volunteers shake the ruffian down and then let him / her off.... After all they are only volunteers, and you can't understand why they want to help. I am agog with excitement pending your reply!. Ambra_Mike
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Sat 2 Aug 14

ian923 says...

They join the Specials as this is a good way of later becoming a PC.
They join the Specials as this is a good way of later becoming a PC. ian923
  • Score: 3

10:18pm Sat 2 Aug 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Ambra_Mike wrote:
nottoooldtocare wrote:
By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.
The naivety of your post really makes me wonder.....

Perhaps these volunteers want to contribute to society? Have you thought about that?. Perhaps they want to use the experience to obtain additional skills that they can use in business, or dare I say it and really tip you over the edge and say they might actually be interested in a career on the job?.

If your car gets lifted, your house rolled over, or your wallet and bank card are lifted by a ruffian, would you turn down the assistance of a special when he / she comes to take a statement? Or could they catch the ruffian and as they are only volunteers shake the ruffian down and then let him / her off.... After all they are only volunteers, and you can't understand why they want to help.

I am agog with excitement pending your reply!.
Naive? I've been called many things over the years, but not that. Would I turn down a special, no. Would I turn down a full time copper, no. Funny you should mention things like car the getting lifted, house getting burgled (twice), you missed out being threatened with a knife (first question when I reported the incident was did I threaten the individual, no but irrelevant surely), or my friend being assaulted ( first question was did they do anything to provoke the incident. Does this make a difference to how the Police respond?).
Joy of joys we eventually got incident numbers, but no resolution. I even rang to point out that an identical vehicle to my own was driving around with corresponding parts to those that had been removed from my car, response was "what right do you have to make allegations against this person". Not an issue as it was resolved "locally".

Specials might use this as an eye opener into going full time, and if they do good luck, but what about those who have no intentions of doing it for a living? There will be some who are motivated for the right reasons, but I suspect not many. I have friends and family who are, and have been in the job, none of them would do it for love. To be honest, catching criminal isn't the issue, the courts just fine them 50p a week for ten years and get them to sit in a van for 200 hours, sorry that means do some community service. Some specials I grant will do a good job for the right reasons, but others? Sorry but it's the buzz of a uniform and power they might not normally get. I get the feeling you might be one, am I right? If yes what are your drivers?
[quote][p][bold]Ambra_Mike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.[/p][/quote]The naivety of your post really makes me wonder..... Perhaps these volunteers want to contribute to society? Have you thought about that?. Perhaps they want to use the experience to obtain additional skills that they can use in business, or dare I say it and really tip you over the edge and say they might actually be interested in a career on the job?. If your car gets lifted, your house rolled over, or your wallet and bank card are lifted by a ruffian, would you turn down the assistance of a special when he / she comes to take a statement? Or could they catch the ruffian and as they are only volunteers shake the ruffian down and then let him / her off.... After all they are only volunteers, and you can't understand why they want to help. I am agog with excitement pending your reply!.[/p][/quote]Naive? I've been called many things over the years, but not that. Would I turn down a special, no. Would I turn down a full time copper, no. Funny you should mention things like car the getting lifted, house getting burgled (twice), you missed out being threatened with a knife (first question when I reported the incident was did I threaten the individual, no but irrelevant surely), or my friend being assaulted ( first question was did they do anything to provoke the incident. Does this make a difference to how the Police respond?). Joy of joys we eventually got incident numbers, but no resolution. I even rang to point out that an identical vehicle to my own was driving around with corresponding parts to those that had been removed from my car, response was "what right do you have to make allegations against this person". Not an issue as it was resolved "locally". Specials might use this as an eye opener into going full time, and if they do good luck, but what about those who have no intentions of doing it for a living? There will be some who are motivated for the right reasons, but I suspect not many. I have friends and family who are, and have been in the job, none of them would do it for love. To be honest, catching criminal isn't the issue, the courts just fine them 50p a week for ten years and get them to sit in a van for 200 hours, sorry that means do some community service. Some specials I grant will do a good job for the right reasons, but others? Sorry but it's the buzz of a uniform and power they might not normally get. I get the feeling you might be one, am I right? If yes what are your drivers? nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 1

9:27am Sun 3 Aug 14

julia brica says...

Glenn Goodman RIP was a special.
Glenn Goodman RIP was a special. julia brica
  • Score: 0

9:30am Sun 3 Aug 14

julia brica says...

julia brica wrote:
Glenn Goodman RIP was a special.
We all should have a quiet 2 minute thought about that.
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: Glenn Goodman RIP was a special.[/p][/quote]We all should have a quiet 2 minute thought about that. julia brica
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4:39pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Ambra_Mike says...

nottoooldtocare wrote:
Ambra_Mike wrote:
nottoooldtocare wrote:
By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.
The naivety of your post really makes me wonder.....

Perhaps these volunteers want to contribute to society? Have you thought about that?. Perhaps they want to use the experience to obtain additional skills that they can use in business, or dare I say it and really tip you over the edge and say they might actually be interested in a career on the job?.

If your car gets lifted, your house rolled over, or your wallet and bank card are lifted by a ruffian, would you turn down the assistance of a special when he / she comes to take a statement? Or could they catch the ruffian and as they are only volunteers shake the ruffian down and then let him / her off.... After all they are only volunteers, and you can't understand why they want to help.

I am agog with excitement pending your reply!.
Naive? I've been called many things over the years, but not that. Would I turn down a special, no. Would I turn down a full time copper, no. Funny you should mention things like car the getting lifted, house getting burgled (twice), you missed out being threatened with a knife (first question when I reported the incident was did I threaten the individual, no but irrelevant surely), or my friend being assaulted ( first question was did they do anything to provoke the incident. Does this make a difference to how the Police respond?).
Joy of joys we eventually got incident numbers, but no resolution. I even rang to point out that an identical vehicle to my own was driving around with corresponding parts to those that had been removed from my car, response was "what right do you have to make allegations against this person". Not an issue as it was resolved "locally".

Specials might use this as an eye opener into going full time, and if they do good luck, but what about those who have no intentions of doing it for a living? There will be some who are motivated for the right reasons, but I suspect not many. I have friends and family who are, and have been in the job, none of them would do it for love. To be honest, catching criminal isn't the issue, the courts just fine them 50p a week for ten years and get them to sit in a van for 200 hours, sorry that means do some community service. Some specials I grant will do a good job for the right reasons, but others? Sorry but it's the buzz of a uniform and power they might not normally get. I get the feeling you might be one, am I right? If yes what are your drivers?
Phew!... Your life's like an episode of Hollyoak's or Eastenders isnt it?.
[quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ambra_Mike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nottoooldtocare[/bold] wrote: By and large I feel the bobbies on the ground do a cracking job. Yes you will get the odd one that's bad, but most are doing an honest and at times unpleasant job and earn every cent they get. What I don't understand is why someone would want to do the same job, albeit part time for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to face events such as last weekends races for nothing? Not normal, and must be linked to some sort of uniform fetish, or power they don't normally have.[/p][/quote]The naivety of your post really makes me wonder..... Perhaps these volunteers want to contribute to society? Have you thought about that?. Perhaps they want to use the experience to obtain additional skills that they can use in business, or dare I say it and really tip you over the edge and say they might actually be interested in a career on the job?. If your car gets lifted, your house rolled over, or your wallet and bank card are lifted by a ruffian, would you turn down the assistance of a special when he / she comes to take a statement? Or could they catch the ruffian and as they are only volunteers shake the ruffian down and then let him / her off.... After all they are only volunteers, and you can't understand why they want to help. I am agog with excitement pending your reply!.[/p][/quote]Naive? I've been called many things over the years, but not that. Would I turn down a special, no. Would I turn down a full time copper, no. Funny you should mention things like car the getting lifted, house getting burgled (twice), you missed out being threatened with a knife (first question when I reported the incident was did I threaten the individual, no but irrelevant surely), or my friend being assaulted ( first question was did they do anything to provoke the incident. Does this make a difference to how the Police respond?). Joy of joys we eventually got incident numbers, but no resolution. I even rang to point out that an identical vehicle to my own was driving around with corresponding parts to those that had been removed from my car, response was "what right do you have to make allegations against this person". Not an issue as it was resolved "locally". Specials might use this as an eye opener into going full time, and if they do good luck, but what about those who have no intentions of doing it for a living? There will be some who are motivated for the right reasons, but I suspect not many. I have friends and family who are, and have been in the job, none of them would do it for love. To be honest, catching criminal isn't the issue, the courts just fine them 50p a week for ten years and get them to sit in a van for 200 hours, sorry that means do some community service. Some specials I grant will do a good job for the right reasons, but others? Sorry but it's the buzz of a uniform and power they might not normally get. I get the feeling you might be one, am I right? If yes what are your drivers?[/p][/quote]Phew!... Your life's like an episode of Hollyoak's or Eastenders isnt it?. Ambra_Mike
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