Recruitment drive to find special constables

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The number of Special Constables in South Yorkshire has increased by 102 over the last 12 months, new figures reveal.

South Yorkshire Police had 273 ‘specials’ when Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright took over in November last year.

But, with full time police officer numbers having to be reduced because of Government funding cuts, he made it one of his ‘priorities’ to boost the number of volunteer police available to support his officers.

There are now 375 who give up their free time to help keep law and order on the county’s streets.

Commissioner Wright hopes to have 650 in post by 2015.

He said: ”Nobody knows better than the members of the communities themselves what is important to them and their neighbours.

“If volunteers from all backgrounds can come together to work for their police force, they can help us reduce crime across the county as well as act on the policing issues affecting their community.

“Many of the residents that we would like to encourage to apply already have very diverse backgrounds, cultures and skills. It is these people that we want to encourage to join us.”

■ South Yorkshire Police is holding recruitment presentations for ‘specials’ on Thursday, October 24, at the Lifewise Centre, Kea Park Close, Hellaby, and on Monday, November 4, at Barnsley College. Both start at 5.30pm.