A new campaign has been launched by West Yorkhsire Police to recruit 1,500 special constables by May 2016
The force currently has 700 specials who each volunteer a minimum of 16 hours of their time each month and are encouraging mmore people to join the scheme.
“At this time of year many people are looking to make the most of their time while putting something back into the community,” said Chief Inspector Jaene Booth, of West Yorkshire Police.
“People are also looking for self-development opportunities for their CV, learning new skills, getting out and about, and meeting new people.
“Joining the Special Constabulary as a volunteer not only ticks all these boxes but opens up a world of opportunity for personal and professional development.
“Undergoing the training and then taking to the streets as a police officer is challenging, but can make a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and new insight with each shift you volunteer.
“Special Constables are an extremely valuable asset to the organisation and form a further link between ourselves and the diverse communities we serve.”
The Force’s new recruitment campaign starts today and includes a series of social media messages as well as an advertising campaign on local radio and digital community television.
West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “Special Constables make a valuable contribution to policing in West Yorkshire, playing an active role in helping to keep our communities safe.
“The Special Constabulary is a really fulfilling role and opens up possible future career opportunities for people.”
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Special Constables have a vital role to play within policing and it is essential we continue recruiting valuable members of the community who go on to develop into outstanding officers or who just want to make a difference within the community.
“West Yorkshire Police needs to be representative of the people we serve and I will personally be out in communities encouraging people to become Specials which can lead to other opportunities within the police service and elsewhere.”
Full details can be found on a special section of the Force’s website westyorkshire.police.uk/bespecial