A POLICE force has relaunched an appeal to North Yorkshire residents to volunteer as special constables.

North Yorkshire Police is aiming to recruit more than 150 special constables, who on completing a training programme, have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan pledged to double the number of special constables in the county before she was elected to her role in November 2012.

The force issued an appeal for special constables last July, but last night a spokesman said the number of special constables in the county stood at 155.

He said to ensure the Special Constabulary reflects communities they serve, the force was particularly keen to hear from people aged over 35, those who live in rural areas and people from ethnic minorities.

Mrs Mulligan said becoming a Special Constable was among the most challenging and rewarding of voluntary roles.

She said: “Our Specials come from many different walks of life, but all share a desire to make a real difference.

“They volunteer at least four hours per week and forge a vital link between their community and the police service.”

For details, visit nypspecials.com