Force recruits new special constables

The new group of North Yorkshire Police special constables.
The new group of North Yorkshire Police special constables.

A lifeguard, riding instructor, students and a train guard are among the latest recruits to join North Yorkshire Police’s Special Constabulary.

Eleven new volunteer police officers were attested at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 10 February in front of family and friends.

The attestation (when the officers are sworn in and given their warrant cards) followed their rigorous, initial training course and they will now be assigned tutor constables out on their beat who will oversee their probation period over the next two years.

The officers will be based at York (5), Harrogate (2), Richmond (1), Filey (1), Malton (1) and Whitby (1).

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 uniform and powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest.

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.

Assistant Chief Constable Lisa Winward, said: “I am delighted to welcome our latest volunteer recruits to the North Yorkshire policing family.

“The role of a Special Constable embodies the true spirit of our communities – people who invest their own time and who are prepared to put themselves at risk, to help and support others, and who in turn, are supported by their families, friends and loved ones.

“I am extremely proud to welcome these new officers to North Yorkshire Police and congratulate them as they move onto the next stage of their training.”