Drop-in session for people wanting to become special constables at Cleveland Police (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Drop-in session for people wanting to become special constables at Cleveland Police
A POLICE force is launching a recruitment campaign for people looking to join up as a member of the Special Constabulary and work side by side with officers.
Cleveland Police will be making online applications available from10am on Sunday, January 12 and the first 300 applicants will progress to the selection process.
A drop in session for people interested in joining up takes place on Monday (December 30) at the force headquarters on Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough.
The successful applicants will go through six months of training before taking to the streets to fight crime.
The newly appointed Chief Officers for the Special Constables is Commandant David Robinson, and Assistant Commandant Rob Lynas who will direct and support the appointed officers in their roles.
Commandant Robinson said: “Specials form a vital link between the community and the police service; they come from many different backgrounds and walks of life. They are required to commit to a minimum of four hours service each week.
“Once appointed, they have to complete a rigorous training programme. After successfully completing their training officers achieve independent patrol status. Special Constables have the same powers as regular police officers and wear a similar uniform.”
Shortlisted candidates will undergo an initial recruitment test which will be followed by a formal assessment. Those successful at this stage will undertake medical and fitness tests.
Finally, candidates will need to provide references and be subject to a vetting process before final interview.
During the first six months of training, candidates will be expected to offer four – eight hours of their time each week, this may include some weekends.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “The work of a special constable is varied, challenging and above all rewarding. Special Constables support Cleveland Police in delivering the full range of police services, the role they play, as volunteers keeping communities safe, must not be underestimated.”
To attend the drop-in session, which starts at 7pm on Monday, people need to book a place at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-constabulary-recruitment-event-tickets-9891818696 The website address for applications will be released next week for the force.
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