THOSE who want to help their community and make a real difference in the area they live are being urged to sign up as a special constable.

Warwickshire Police is looking for people who may not realise they already have the skills that are needed to make the grade and are highlighting the transferable skills that people are in possession of and how the things people do in their everyday lives can be applied to joining the force.

Ron Ball, police and crime commissioner for Warwickshire, said “Volunteers make a huge contribution to the safety and wellbeing of our communities and I want to increase their numbers and the support they are given."

The force wants to increase the number of special constables to more than 400, representing the largest recruitment programme for the role ever seen in the county.

"Being a special can be hugely satisfying, varied and professional work and this is why so many people already give up a few hours a week to help police the community and I wish to encourage more to participate," added Mr Ball.

Glynn Gardner, chief officer for the Special Constabulary, added: “Anyone who is interested in becoming a special and who is over 18, in good health and with clear vision can apply. Specials can be any height and you don’t need qualifications, just honesty and integrity, a positive approach, with the ability to work in a team and be willing to learn new skills.”

Special constables are thoroughly trained in basic police work including self defence, powers of arrest, preparation of evidence for court and dealing with crime.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a special, should visit, email or call 01905 331433.