DORSET Police have launched a special constables recruitment campaign.

The latest recruitment campaign coincides with National Volunteers’ Week.

Special constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “Volunteering in these roles will be exciting, challenging, rewarding and offer a chance for you to bring your skills, knowledge and experience to help keep local communities safe.”

Special constables in Dorset get involved in a range of day-to-day policing activities, including patrol work, community events, targeted operations and specialist training. There are special constables dedicated to traffic, marine and rural policing as well as general patrol duties.

A special constable is asked to work an average of 16 hours a month, but the working hours are flexible so that you can give more time if you can spare it.

The closing date for applications is Monday, June 30.

Dorset Police also has a team of non-uniformed Police Support Volunteers who assist at police stations or administrative centres, or in some cases in public-facing areas, conducting a variety of roles.

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