New Specials swell the ranks

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Another eight new Special Constables have joined the ranks of North Yorkshire Police’s Special Constabulary, bringing the total attested so far this year to 19.

The new volunteer officers were sworn in and given their warrant cards in front of family and friends at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

The ceremony marked the end of three months of intensive training and they will now be assigned a tutor constable out on their beats, who will guide them through the next phase of their development, which could take up to two years.

Deputy Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: “They can be rightly proud of what they have achieved and my congratulations go to all eight officers on reaching this major milestone – an achievement that requires a lot of dedication and hard work, not to mention the big impact on their free time and personal life.

“Policing is a challenging job, and the support of family and friends is extremely important, so my thanks also goes to them for their support so far, and over the coming months, as our new officers take up their duties.”