NORTH Yorkshire Police are hoping to boost the number of special constables in Ryedale.

The force is looking for more volunteers who will help enhance the service provided by the police.

Special constables have the same powers as the regular police officers, playing a crucial role in fighting crime and making the streets safer.

The volunteer officers, known as specials, must carry out at least four hours per week, forming a vital link between their communities and the police service.

Specials also play a crucial role in helping to police high profile events such as the Tour de France, as well as taking responsibility for local events across the county.

Following recent feedback, this latest campaign will see the introduction of a new- style application form, which is shorter, more user friendly and relevant to the requirements of the police’s core vision and values.

Applicants who are successful will also have the opportunity to take up a new induction programme, which will be launched early next year.

This will be a distance learning option and will supplement other classroom-based induction programmes, with the aim of providing more flexibility for students, allowing them to tailor their studies to fit in with their personal circumstances.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “The Special Constabulary is a crucial part of the modern policing family and the contribution the officers give is outstanding.

“I would be encouraged to see applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds and varying ages and those who may not necessarily want to join the force as a regular, but would still like to make a contribution to keeping their communities safe places to live and work.

“I know from personal experience how much specials are valued by their regular colleagues and the contribution they make to the service.” Chief Inspector Mark Grange, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Command, said: “I am very keen to recruit more special constables throughout the Scarborough and Ryedale area.

“I welcome applications from local people from all communities who want to serve the public and reduce crime. “This is an exciting opportunity, not only to give something back to your local communities but a chance to experience new challenges, learn new skills and be part of the local policing family.”

Anyone who would like more information about becoming a special constable or would like to join, should visit