Whitby needs special volunteers

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A DRIVE to recruit special constables is being focussed on Whitby after less people than expected signed up to volunteer their services.

North Yorkshire Police say a campaign has proved successful elsewhere in the county but not in Whitby.

Chief Inspector Andy Colbourne, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am very surprised that we have not had more volunteers coming forward to join the ranks of the Special Constabulary in the district.

“I know that the people from the area are proud of where they live and have a great community spirit.

“I would like to encourage anyone who has thought about becoming a special to take that next step and apply.

“Having worked alongside specials, I know just how valuable their contribution is to the force and the difference they make to local communities.”

Special Constable Tom Stirling, joined following last year’s campaign. He said: “When I saw an advert for the recruitment campaign I wasn’t 100% sure it was for me. But having completed the training and now working along regular colleagues I know that joining the Special Constabulary was absolutely the right decision. I can fit the shifts around my home life, which makes it easy to carry out four hours of duty per week.”

The force says qualities needed are being a good team player, ability to stay calm in a crisis, communicating clearly, resolving disputes sensitively and being able to think laterally to solve problems.

Training takes place at weekends and evenings and successful candidates are expected to perform at least four hours’ duty per week, working alongside regular officers, dealing with duties such as anti-social behaviour, taking reports from victims of crime to dealing with motoring offences and carrying out reassurance patrols.

To find out more visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/specials or email specialsrecruitment@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk