Police on lookout for more help

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POLICE in North Tyneside are looking to recruit more special constables to help them keep crime at bay.

An information event for anyone interested will be held on Sunday, July 8, at 2pm at the police’s North Tyneside area command headquarters in Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend.

It aims to provide an insight into the special constabulary, why people become involved, how to apply and its benefits to them and the community.

Special constables are trained volunteers working alongside 24/7 officers and neighbourhood policing teams.

Chief Inspector Mark Anastasi, of the North Tyneside area command, said: “Becoming a special opens up a world of opportunity for both personal and professional development, and we aim to showcase this at the event.

“We hope to encourage more people to apply and support policing in their community.”

“Special constables learn a range of skills from improved communication and decision-making to working as part of a team.

“I’ve seen many people really develop their personal confidence while doing this voluntary worthwhile role.

“Many of the skills our officers acquire are easily transferable into their existing daytime jobs and help them to progress in their full-time careers.

“Being a special constable gives them the opportunity to give something back to the community and to make a real difference.”

E-mail ntsc@northumbria.pnn.police.uk for more information on the event.