BUS driver Paul Keating hopes to help with the crackdown on crime by volunteering as a special constable in his spare time.
Paul, aged 27, from Hoyland, Barnsley, will be swapping his busman’s uniform for police gear when he completes his training.
He then plans to devote at least 16 hours a month to South Yorkshire Police.
Paul, who works for bus company Stagecoach, is training twice a week to prepare him for life as a ‘special’.
He said: “I completed a public service course when I was 18 and that helped inspire me to do something for the benefit of the community.
“The training has been absolutely fantastic so far and I’m looking forward to becoming a familiar face in the community as a special constable as well as a bus driver!”
South Yorkshire’s Special Constabulary is made up of volunteers who provide back-up to regular officers as well as a link between the police force and the communities it serves.
Paul’s role will involve him patrolling the streets, taking part in crime prevention initiatives, enforcing road safety projects, tackling anti-social behaviour, assisting at the scene of incidents, and providing security at major public events.
He has been trained in arrest procedures, first aid, self defence and police conduct and even hopes to be allowed to help police the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
He said: “It would be a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a worldwide event.
“It would certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a great atmosphere.”
Stagecoach managing director Paul Lynch said: “We are really very proud of Paul’s community spirit and of his sense of duty.
“He is a fantastic ambassador for the company and I am sure he will make an excellent special constable.”
On completion of their training, specials are sworn in at court in the same manner as a ‘regular’ officer. Specials have the same powers in law, including the power of arrest.