Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety has been out and about with crime busting special constables in the district.
Cllr Arshad Hussain along with his Executive Assistant Cllr Michelle Swallow experienced at first hand the valuable work done by the specials on the front line of policing.
All across the district people are active in their communities contributing their time, energy and skills to help make it a better place to live.
One of the many ways to become an Active Citizen and make a positive difference to your community is to become a Special Constable.
The Council works closely with the Police and other partners and communities to improve safety and quality of life right across the district through cutting crime, the fear of crime, disorder and substance misuse.
But all public services are coming under pressure from budget reductions and increasing demand and they all face difficult choices about how to use shrinking resources.
Bradford police will continue to work closely with partner agencies to reduce crime and make our communities safer. Staying focussed on what matters most, collaboration and close partnership working will become even more important as resources continue to be squeezed.
Volunteers in Bradford are supporting the work of the police both at a neighbourhood level and in specialist departments.
West Yorkshire Police is actively recruiting volunteers to be Special Constables who are particularly valued and are highly trained to support full time officers responding to incidents.
Cllr Hussain said: “Special constables and police support volunteers make a vital contribution to cutting crime every day to make their communities a better place to live and work.
“I want to thank them for their professionalism and self-sacrifice that really makes a difference in the district.
“It was great to witness first-hand the professionalism and hard work of the special constables, acting as advocates for the police, increasing understanding and building cooperation and trust with residents.”
Police Constable Adam Taylor, Bradford district Special Constable Liaison Officer, said: “Special Constables are an extremely valuable asset to the policing team in Bradford and the whole organisation, and form a further link between ourselves and the diverse communities we serve.
“Many people are looking to make the most of their time while putting something back into the community. People are also looking for self-development opportunities for their CV, learning new skills, getting out and about, and meeting new people.
“Joining the Special Constabulary as a volunteer not only ticks all these boxes but opens up a world of opportunity for personal and professional development.
“Undergoing the training and then taking to the streets as a police officer is challenging, but can make a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and new insight with each shift you volunteer.
Full details can be found at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/bespecial with a series of videos from specials talking about the role, a ‘myth-buster’ to dispel some of the common misconceptions, as well as an online application form.
If you are thinking of becoming a special constable, a recruitment event is being held in Leeds on 13 September and seminars are being held right up to December.
You can find out more here http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/bespecial or email: (firstname.lastname@example.org).