Volunteers willing to give up their spare time to help fight crime in South Yorkshire flocked to a recruitment event.
Specials Abaid Hussain and Anisa Hussain organised the event at iceSheffield, in Attercliffe, to help boost the number of volunteer police officers on the county’s streets.
With police officer numbers falling because of Government budget cuts, Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright wants to have an army of 650 Specials in place by next April to support bobbies on the beat.
Special Sergeant Abaid Hussain, who has volunteered for 17 months and eventually hopes to become a police officer, gives up an average of 90 hours a month to the Special Constabulary, combining it with his studies for a degree and his part-time job as a customer services advisor.
Abaid, who is based at Rotherham’s Main Street police station, said dozens of potential Specials attended the event over the weekend.
“The main reason I wanted to join was because I wanted to give something back to the community,” he said.
“I have always wanted to become a police officer and thought the best way to get into that was to get some life experience by becoming a Special.
“What I enjoy about the role is getting a buzz at the end of the day knowing I have made a difference.
“I also enjoy never knowing what is round the corner.”