Volunteers for police wanted


West Yorkshire Police has launched a recruitment drive for Special Constables.

Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and equipment and perform police duties alongside regular officers. They provide a vital link between the force and the community by assisting in meeting policing needs and helping to increase the level of confidence and satisfaction that the public has in relation to policing.

Sixty nine volunteers have expressed an interest including some from Calderdale College. There are two types of volunteers, community volunteers that help on an adhoc basis with initiatives and police support volunteers that work on live police situations with police officers.

West Yorkshire Police is looking at recruiting 1,500 specials to help deliver a high quality service to the public and improve their operational efficiency.

PC Alex Langley who is Specials liaison officer and Volunteer co-ordinator, said: “It is a two way thing being a volunteer with the police. You gain a lot of experience and skills in understanding what the police is all about and from a police point of view it is helping them become more effective and helping us to engage with the community and provide a service that the members of Calderdale deserve.”

Interested parties will receive full initial and on-going training.

Anyone interested about becoming a Special Constable and would like more information can call 01924 292269 or can fill in an application form on at www.westyorkshire.police.uk and click on recruitment. The closing date for applications is December 15.