NORTH Yorkshire Police has held a ceremony for seven Special Constables who are now ready to serve their communities.

The volunteer police officers attended their attestation at the force headquarters in Northallerton where they made a formal declaration in front of a magistrate.

The Special Constables are now committed to volunteering a minimum of 16 hours’ service every month.

Northallerton’s newest Special is Jon Jones who relocated from West Mercia Police in Herefordshire and said he was looking forward to his new role.

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain, said: “It is a privilege to welcome the latest Special Constables to our team.

“At North Yorkshire Police, we continually strive to improve the standards of service that we provide to our communities.

“Special Constables play a vital part in that ongoing process, as well as embodying our values of courage, compassion and inspiration in their new roles.”