West Yorkshire Police chiefs call for more Specials at Bradford University recruitment event

Mark Burns-Williamson (second left) and Assistant Chief Constable John Robins (centre) with Special Constable John Rhodes, Chief Inspector Sarah Baker and student Zoe Wood

Mark Burns-Williamson (second left) and Assistant Chief Constable John Robins (centre) with Special Constable John Rhodes, Chief Inspector Sarah Baker and student Zoe Wood

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The Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner were at the University of Bradford yesterday helping to recruit students into the force.

West Yorkshire Police has announced a major recruitment drive to more than treble the number of Special Constables to 1,500 by May 2016.

A series of recruitment events are taking place as part of National Specials Weekend.

Chief Constable Mark Gilmore and Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, along with Bradford divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin, helped to staff a recruitment stall at the university’s library yesterday to encourage students to enrol.

A new section of the force’s website has been created which includes a “mythbusting” videos of Specials in action, and an online application form.

It has 420 Special Constables who each volunteer a minimum of 16 hours of their time each month. Special Constables have the same powers and responsibility as full-time police officers but do not receive a salary, only expenses.

The force is keen to receive applications from under-represented groups.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “Special Constables have a vital role to play within policing and it is essential we continue recruiting valuable members of the community who go on to develop into outstanding officers or who just want to make a difference within the community. The budget I recently approved included an amount set aside to ensure there will be proper support and training for those who apply.

“I have pledged to involve communities through volunteering opportunities and this recruitment campaign for Special Constables is an ideal opportunity for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to get involved.

“West Yorkshire Police needs to be representative of the people we serve and I will personally be out in communities encouraging people to become Specials.”

Mr Gilmore said: “Special Constables play a vital role in helping to keep our communities safe. Through preventing and investigating crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing disorder, Specials provide a much appreciated active presence in all areas.

“We are proud of the work that we do with the diverse communities of West Yorkshire. Special Constables work for the benefit of the many communities we serve. That is why we are keen to recruit people from all walks of life and a range of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

“If you would like to become a Special Constable, to serve the public, learn new skills and challenge yourself, then we would like to hear from you.”

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1:26pm Sat 5 Apr 14

999 number of the beast says...

Remember students it was their pals the MET who laid into the students in London. Don't forget they do dirty work such as recruit spies to look for extremist. (An extremist is someone who opposes fracking, animal experiments or oppose the coalition government etc.)
Finally if you become a special you are the front line effectively working for no pay but getting all the flack. Also any hard work in building community relations will be wrecked by the bumbling responders who are nothing more then state sponsored thugs.
Remember students it was their pals the MET who laid into the students in London. Don't forget they do dirty work such as recruit spies to look for extremist. (An extremist is someone who opposes fracking, animal experiments or oppose the coalition government etc.) Finally if you become a special you are the front line effectively working for no pay but getting all the flack. Also any hard work in building community relations will be wrecked by the bumbling responders who are nothing more then state sponsored thugs. 999 number of the beast
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2:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

dontbedaft says...

Don't be fooled by police. They treat specials badly. Your not insured. You don't get paid. You wont get into full time police. Why do you think they are trying to recruit? Existing specials are leaving because full time police don't want them taking their jobs.
they need to recruit into full time police and pay people a wage. If your good enough to be a special you are good enough to be paid.
Don't be fooled by police. They treat specials badly. Your not insured. You don't get paid. You wont get into full time police. Why do you think they are trying to recruit? Existing specials are leaving because full time police don't want them taking their jobs. they need to recruit into full time police and pay people a wage. If your good enough to be a special you are good enough to be paid. dontbedaft
  • Score: 4

2:42pm Sat 5 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Hey just think students you'd be able to do stop and searches on your other student friends to find the little bit of weed you know they'll have on them as they've shared their spliffs with you on many occasions. That will make the world a better place wont it? As well as making you popular with your new plod friends which you'll need now all your old student friends hate you.
Hey just think students you'd be able to do stop and searches on your other student friends to find the little bit of weed you know they'll have on them as they've shared their spliffs with you on many occasions. That will make the world a better place wont it? As well as making you popular with your new plod friends which you'll need now all your old student friends hate you. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 7

2:54pm Sat 5 Apr 14

999 number of the beast says...

The bizarre thing is if they are supposed to have the same powers then why do some PCSOs have cuffs (BTP) but not West Yorkshire?
Also quote:"The force is keen to receive applications from under-represented groups."
I have never seen Commissioner Burns in a photo shoot with a BME so how does this photo encourage recruitment from under-represented ethnic groups?
Commissioner when are your are coming to ethnic Bradford to hear our concerns about police racism and abuse of section 1?
The bizarre thing is if they are supposed to have the same powers then why do some PCSOs have cuffs (BTP) but not West Yorkshire? Also quote:"The force is keen to receive applications from under-represented groups." I have never seen Commissioner Burns in a photo shoot with a BME so how does this photo encourage recruitment from under-represented ethnic groups? Commissioner when are your are coming to ethnic Bradford to hear our concerns about police racism and abuse of section 1? 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 4

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