Norfolk police are on the look out for new volunteer Special Constables for the Thetford area.
The county currently has 261 specials in total, with ten covering the Thetford patch, but is keen to boost numbers in the area.
Special Inspector Robin Smith, who covers the Thetford patch, has encouraged others to give up their free time to help in the fight against crime.
He said: “I’m proud to lead a diverse team of officers - the youngest of whom is 22 and the oldest 47, who vary in service from two months to 9 years.
“Policing is a 24/7 environment so whenever your time is available, it is valued by the community it serves.
“It is hard work, but the rewards are significant.
“You will see and experience things that no other profession does, and you will have real chances to change someone’s life – or that of an entire community - for the better.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for learning, experiencing new challenges and putting your spare time to use constructively for the benefit of your community - it also helps you to develop yourself.
“Often members of the public really value the effort made by Special Constables, particularly when they see them around the town, on or off duty.”
Special Constables in Thetford come from a variety of backgrounds including a financial consultant, a van driver, a machine operator, an aircraft engineer, shop staff, a driving instructor, an office manager and a life guard.
Specials Manager Sue Goode, said: “Special Constables are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.
“We are very proud of the team we currently have in Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who may be keen to gain new skills or to give something back to their community to get in touch.
“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”
The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events.
They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.
The county has recently seen 14 new recruits hit the beat following an official attestation ceremony at Norfolk Constabulary’s Wymondham headquarters on Sunday October 25.
During the ceremony the group all individually read the Oath Of Allegiance to local Magistrate Richard Howard and were all congratulated by Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall.
“Special officers play a very valuable role in supporting the work of Norfolk Constabulary and the service we provide to local people,” said Mr Hall.
“It was an honour to attend such an event and meet the new recruits who we are delighted to welcome on board. The commitment and energy shown by Norfolk’s Specials is truly admirable and they make a significant contribution to the continuing safety of our communities.”
Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary can visit our website at www.norfolk.police.uk or for an informal chat about the role telephone 01953 425699 ex2371.