VOLUNTEERS who want to work alongside police officers have been urged to take part in a new North Yorkshire Police scheme.

A new special constable recruitment campaign has been launched today, with vacancies across North Yorkshire.

The role of special constable is voluntary, but SCs are trained and have the same powers as police officers, working alongside officers and PCSOs to deal with the public and support police initiatives.

Superintendent Richard Anderson, who leads the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire Police, said: “This is a very exciting time for the special constabulary and we need as many people as possible to find out more about the role and hopefully decide it’s something for them.

“I know from my own experience how valued special constables are by police officers and their local communities. This is a chance to join the policing family and be part of something special on both a personal and professional level.”

Volunteers are welcome from all ethnicities and walks of life, but the force is keen to hear from people aged 35 and older, and people who live in rural areas.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said the roles only involved a few hours a week, but would be an important part of the force in the future.

She said: “Becoming a special constable for North Yorkshire Police is one of the most challenging and rewarding voluntary roles possible.

“Our specials come from many different walks of life but all share a desire to make a real difference. They volunteer at least four hours per week and forge a vital link between their community and the police service.”

For more information, visit nypspecials.com