Could you Be Special and volunteer for West Yorkshire Police? (28 May 2015)

1st June marks the start of National Volunteers Week, and Saturday 6th June is the start of National Specials Weekend - West Yorkshire Police is encouraging people to consider becoming a Volunteer or Special Constable and give something back to their communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said; "National Volunteers Week and the National Specials Weekend highlights how valuable volunteers are across the country as well as to West Yorkshire Police. We are continuing to encourage people to think about giving up their time as a volunteer, or by joining to be a Special Constable to work alongside regular colleagues to make our local communities a safer place to live, work and bring up families."

"Volunteering can be an excellent self development opportunity, such as learning new skills, getting out and about and meeting new people. Joining can open up a world of opportunity for personal and professional development.

"There are number of planned activities taking place across the force area, so why not pop along and see what volunteering can do for you."

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"Special Constables and volunteers are a vital part of the police service and are a much appreciated presence in all areas. They provide a valuable link between local communities and the police and help prevent and investigate crime as well as helping to reduce disorder and antisocial behaviour.

"National Volunteering Week and National Specials Weekend are an ideal opportunity for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to get involved. It is important for employers to recognise the wider benefits of allowing their employees to contribute to community safety and the well-being of a local area. Those volunteering will be provided with the best possible support and training.

"West Yorkshire Police needs to be representative of the people we serve and I will personally be out in our communities encouraging people to become Specials which can lead to other opportunities within the police service and elsewhere.

"I'd like to thank all of those who give up their own time to be Special Constables or police service volunteers in West Yorkshire. You are doing a good job in your communities and playing a significant role in making sure everyone in West Yorkshire is safer and feels safer."

The Force has set a target of recruiting 1000 Volunteers and 1,500 Special Constable's by May 2016  The Force currently has 570 Volunteers and 859 Specials.

Full details can be found on a special section of the Force's website www.westyorkshire.police.uk/bespecial which includes a series of videos from specials talking about the role, a 'myth-buster' to dispel some of the common misconceptions, as well as an online application form. There is also a dedicated email address that you can use to contact the team directly specials&[email protected]

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