FIFTEEN new Special Constables are now ready to join their front-line colleagues across North Yorkshire after successfully completing their initial training.

The volunteer officers have been formally attested in front of family and friends at a ceremony at police headquarters in Northallerton.

The attestation – which is when the officers are sworn in and given their warrant cards - followed an intensive training period of three months.

They will now be assigned a tutor constable to take them through the next phase of their training which can take up to two years.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Richard Anderson.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. It’s a truly selfless act."