Five new Special Constables take to the beat in York

Ready for action: North Yorkshire's new specials. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
14 Feb 2017 @ 7.35 am
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York has five new Special Constables ready to pound the city beat.

They were among 11 new volunteer police officers for North Yorkshire attested at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (February 10) in front of family and friends.

The constables are drawn from all walks of life, and include a lifeguard, riding instructor, students and a train guard.

At the Nortallerton attestation ceremony the officers were sworn in and given their warrant cards, after completing their initial training.

They will now be assigned tutor constables out on their beat who will oversee their probation period over the next two years.

True community spirit

Assistant Chief Constable Lisa Winward welcomed the latest volunteer recruits to the North Yorkshire policing family.

She said:

The role of a Special Constable embodies the true spirit of our communities – people who invest their own time and who are prepared to put themselves at risk, to help and support others, and who in turn, are supported by their families, friends and loved ones.

Special Constables, or “specials” as they are also known, are volunteer officers who give up their own time to support their regular colleagues.

They play a key role in local policing and have the same uniform and powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest.