Police look for special people in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Police in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are taking part in a forcewide campaign to recruit more Special Constables.

They are holding a number of events over the next few weeks for people to come along and find out more about the role of a Special Constable.

Special Constables are volunteers who, after training, work within Safer Neighbourhood Teams alongside regular Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers to help to police their local communities.

Specials play a crucial role in fighting crime and making the county safer. They have the same powers as police officers and are required to volunteer for a minimum of four hours a week.

Community Safety Inspector Tony Dales said: “Special Constables are a very important part of our team. They provide a valuable service to Derbyshire Constabulary and a key link to the many communities we serve.

“Many people volunteer because they are interested in their local community, in a career in the police or want to learn more about what policing involves. It is also a great opportunity for people to develop and enhance their own skills and build confidence.”

Three events will take place in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales to give people the chance to find out more information about the Special Constabulary before they decide whether to apply. They will be held on:

Tuesday, February 15, 7pm, New Mills Senior School

Thursday, February 17, 7pm, Fairfield Junior School, Buxton

Monday, February 21, 7pm, Bakewell Town Hall

The Special Constabulary recruits people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are a few basic criteria that people need to meet if they want to join. You must be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old to apply.

For further information, or for an application pack, call 0300 330 1330 or email: recruitment@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.