South Yorkshire police chiefs in bid to recruit more Specials

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South Yorkshire Police is hosting a recruitment event next weekend in a bid to attract more Special Constables.

The event is to be held at the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby, Rotherham, from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, March 29.

Specials are volunteers who have the same powers as regular police officers.

Police chiefs want to boost the size of their Special Constabulary because of police officer numbers falling due to Government funding cuts.

The force has 438 Specials and wants to have 500 by 2016.

Chief Officer Stephen Merrett said “During the morning attendees will have the opportunity to take a tour of the centre and get a glimpse of what is involved in the Specials training programme, as well as a chance to speak to a serving Special Constable about their roles and what it is like to be a Special in South Yorkshire.”

Superintendent Neil Thomas said: “We are hosting this event in a bid to recruit more volunteer police officers into the force. Special Constables make an exceptional contribution to our local communities on a daily basis - they give up their spare time to help make South Yorkshire a safer place.”

Visit www.southyorks.police.uk for more information about who can apply.