North Yorkshire’s Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan have launched a force-wide campaign to bolster the ranks of Special Constables.

The trained volunteers work alongside and support regular police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Mrs Mulligan 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.”

To ensure the Special Constabulary reflects the communities they serve, North Yorkshire Police is particularly keen to hear from people aged over 35, those who live in rural areas and people from ethnic minorities.

Superintendent Richard Anderson, who leads the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire, said: “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.”

Jerry Holland, Special Strategic Officer, said: “Special Constables play an important part in policing North Yorkshire. As a Special you will learn many new and often transferable skills, develop your confidence in dealing with difficult situations and, not least, make new friends.”