Recruitment drive for special constables

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A major recruitment drive is under way to find extra special constables to volunteer their services in South Yorkshire.

Police chiefs want to increase the visibility of South Yorkshire Police on the streets, but with police officer jobs being shed because of funding cuts, special constables are being relied upon to boost numbers.

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright wants 650 new specials to be recruited by 2015.

A force spokesman said: “We encourage men and women from all backgrounds to join the Special Constabulary, as it is important that it is representative of the communities it serves.

“You must be 18 years of age or over, able to work a minimum of 16 hours a month, and be living, working or studying in the South Yorkshire area.

“You must be honest, in good health and of good character.

“You must either be a national of a country within the European Economic Area or, if not, have leave to enter or remain in the UK free of restrictions.

“We are interested in your potential, not paper qualifications. You must be able to speak and write clear English, as you will need to write short reports of incidents, write statements and may be asked to give evidence in court.”

Presentation evenings are being held across the county over the next few weeks.

Call HR Shared Services on 0114 2197000 or email HRSharedservices@southyorks.pnn.police.uk for details.