The first week of North Yorkshire Police’s campaign to recruit Special Constables has seen 250 people apply to join the service.
The campaign was launched on Monday 13 January 2014, with the aim of boosting the number of people volunteering to join the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire.
Since the launch of the campaign for people to join the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire more then 3,500 people have visited the website dedicated to specials recruitment www.nypspecials.com.
This has resulted in 380 expressions of interest with widespread enthusiasm for the role from around North Yorkshire and the City of York.
Residents of Harrogate and York have shown the most interest with numerous applications also coming from people in Scarborough and Ryedale and Hambleton and Richmondshire. The Craven area has the lowest number of applicants and people in the district are urged to get involved in what is a rewarding and positive role serving the local community.
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, said: I am extremely pleased by the response to the campaign so far. Joining the North Yorkshire Police family as a volunteer Special Constable is an exciting and rewarding opportunity. So I urge anyone with an interest to go to www.nypspecials.com to find out more. You can also talk to serving Specials via a webchat at 5pm on Thursday 23rd January.
North Yorkshire Police are particularly keen to recruit Special Constables from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and in rural and urban areas. Having spent time out on the beat in a number of different places, it’s clear Specials have significant opportunities to make a difference to their communities, as well as gain from new skills and experiences.
If you wish to make a positive difference in your local community, there is really no better way than serving as a member of this highly respected and valued service.
Superintendent Richard Anderson, who holds the port folio for the Special Constabulary on behalf of North Yorkshire Police, said: The number of people who have applied to join the Special Constabulary in North Yorkshire is fantastic news.
I firmly believe that those who join the service will find it a deeply rewarding experience which help them develop personally and professionally.
Having worked alongside Specials on day to day patrols, I know from personal experience how much I value their contribution and I know that this appreciation is shared by all of the regular colleagues with whom they serve.
Anyone who would like to learn more about the role of Special Constable or wants information about how to apply to join should visit the new North Yorkshire Police Special Constable recruitment microsite www.nypspecials.com
A webchat supporting the campaign is taking place from 5pm on Thursday 23 January 2014.
Thinking of becoming a Special Constable – why not join the webchat?
If you cannot join in on the night tweet questions to @NYPSpecials or by visiting the Facebook page www.facebook.com/NorthYorkshirePolice
Main photograph: Special Constable Jerry Holland, Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, and Chief Constable Dave Jones.