New Year, New Career: West Yorkshire Police recruits Special Constables (29 Dec 2017)

Make _it _a _specials _yearWhat's your New Year's Resolution this year? Health kick? Saving money? How about a new career?

West Yorkshire Police is kicking off the New Year by recruiting for its Special Constabulary.

The recruitment window opens on 5 January and will run until 26 January and the Force is looking for exciting and dynamic individuals to join.

Special Constables are an extremely valuable asset to the organisation and form a further link between the police and the diverse communities we serve.

West Yorkshire Police is keen to receive applications from people from diverse groups such as the LGBT community, people with disabilities and people of BME backgrounds, as part of West Yorkshire Police's ongoing commitment to represent the communities they serve.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "As we go into the New Year, it is a perfect time for some to find new and exciting career opportunities.

"Becoming a Special Constable is a privilege, like any other role within the policing family and it can open a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development. New recruits will undergo the same training as police officers so they will gain a real insight into the day-to-day life at West Yorkshire Police.

"Over the past 18 months, West Yorkshire Police has been able to recruit again for police officers, special constables and PCSOs. The scale of this recruitment offers a real opportunity to increase the diversity of our workforce and better represent the communities we serve. However, everyone will go through the exact same application process to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

"Volunteering for West Yorkshire Police can lead to other roles within the Force including Roads Policing Teams, Response officers and Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs). There really is something for everyone."

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I know what an amazing and vital job Specials volunteers do for West Yorkshire Police and for our communities and would encourage anyone that has an interest in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe applying for these roles which can be hugely rewarding all round.

"I'm very pleased we have been able to recruit in recent months and I want to see West Yorkshire Police harness even more talent from all our communities, which often can provide that vital link and visibility within our neighbourhoods.

"So if you are looking to make a difference in our communities and bring about real and positive change please apply to West Yorkshire Police to become a Special Constable. West Yorkshire Police is waiting to hear from you in taking that first step."

For more information about the Special Constabulary or on how to apply, please visit our website

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