10 new Special Constables were welcomed to North Yorkshire Police on Thursday evening (30 July 2015) at an attestation ceremony held at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court.
The attestation – which is when the officers are sworn in and given their warrant cards – followed the volunteer officers’ intensive, initial training period of three months.
The new officers took their oath in front of Mr John Seymour, chair of the bench of Northallerton Magistrates and were welcomed to the force by Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh.
They will now be assigned a tutor constable on their neighbourhood beats who will guide them through the next phase of their training, which can take up to two years.
ACC McIntosh said:
It gives me great pleasure to welcome our latest group of Special Constables to the force. The new officers can now look forward to a very rewarding and interesting career with North Yorkshire Police.
Being a special enables each individual to make a genuine difference to the lives of people across North Yorkshire, they should be very proud of themselves. I would like to thank them for joining us and wish them the best of luck as they take up their new roles out on the beat.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, added:
I recognise the enormous contribution that specials make in helping their communities be safe and feel safe and I congratulate the 10 specials joining the North Yorkshire Police family today.
The commitment, time and effort shown by specials is inspirational and I wish them all the best in their new role and keeping North Yorkshire as one of the safest places in England.
Special Constables, or “specials” as they are also known, are volunteer officers who give up their own time to support their regular colleagues.
They play a key role in local policing and have the same powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest. However, the role of specials can also extend into more complex areas of policing.
Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community.
This latest attestation ceremony brings the total number of new Special Constables to join North Yorkshire Police this year, to 47.
The new officers include officers include, SC Amy Beveridge, based at Richmond, SCs David Bray and Noel Edwards based at Harrogate, SC Adam Lazenby based at Selby, SCs Thomas Mawer and Karen Mitson based at Northallerton, SCs Mark Richardson and Chloe Watkins based at Scarborough and SC Rory Sadler based at Whitby.