Special constables are wanted to boost the ranks in Craven and are likely to be drafted in to watch over the more rural communities.

They would join the already seven- strong team, six of whom spend their time on the beat in Skipton.

After training, the new recruits could find themselves overseeing places like Grassington, Bentham, Settle and Ingleton.

The deadline for applications is tomorrow, but people who express an interest before then can complete the application forms at a later date.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “Communities in Craven would really benefit from more Special Constables.

“Skipton tends to be the hub for Specials at the moment, so it would be particularly valuable to encourage applicants from more rural communities.

“It is one of the most challenging and rewarding voluntary roles possible, and our Specials come from many different walks of life – but all share a desire to make a real difference.”

Being a Special was a really rewarding way to give back to the community, she added.

Once selected, Specials will complete a training programme and, once qualified, will have the same powers as regular officers and will wear the same uniform.

Although training would need to be done in Skipton, once candidates were approved for independent patrol, they could work alongside their new police colleagues to find the most suitable location.

People wanting more information and details about applying for the post, should log on to the dedicated website nypspecials.co/