NORTHUMBRIA Police is challenging Wearsiders to become someone special.
It’s National Special Constable Weekend this week and the force is appealing for members of the public to come forward and volunteer to sign up.
Nationwide, there are around 20,000 Specials serving with police forces, with 318 in the Northumbria area.
Specials are trained volunteers who work with their local 24/7 officers and Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
They are based in area commands across the force and work alongside regular police officer colleagues and, when fully trained, they have all the same powers as a police officer when in uniform and on duty.
Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth said: “Special Constables are a key part of the make-up of Northumbria Police and the force really benefits from the range of life experiences that Special Constables bring.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Special Constable can visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/specials or telephone 101 ext 64111 for information about how to submit an application.