A REMINDER has been issued to people wanting to become a special constable at Cleveland Police that there is still time to apply.

So far around 200 people have expressed an interest, with 78 having filled in an application form since online applications opened on Cleveland Police’s website on Sunday (January 12).

And a web chat hosted by Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal and Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary David Robinson last Monday attracted 180 page views, where people either took part in the web chat or read the transcript on line later on.

Mr Spittal said: “We are delighted that so many people are interested in joining Cleveland Police as a Special Constable.

“Successful applicants will find this work varied, challenging, interesting – and valuable to our communities.

“There is still time for anyone else who is interested in applying. We intend this current recruitment drive to be the first of a series of opportunities for people to become Special Constables over the next two years.”

Mr Robinson added: "It is absolutely fantastic, the level of interest so far. Being a Special Constable is a hugely rewarding and fulfilling role, and I would encourage anyone who can spare at least the required average of 16 hours per week to apply.”

Anyone interested in registering to become a special should visit www.cleveland.police.uk