A NEW Special Constabulary recruitment campaign has been launched in Dorset.

Specials get involved in a range of day-to-day policing activities, including patrol work, community events, targeted operations and specialist training.

There are special constables dedicated to traffic, marine and rural policing as well as general patrol duties.

They are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are given the same equipment.

A special constable is asked to work a minimum of 16 hours per month and, where possible, this is broken down to a minimum of four hours per week, but the working hours are flexible for those that can give more time if they can spare it.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “Boosting the Special Constabulary in Dorset is an exciting new vision led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, which we are hoping will result in greater engagement in policing by our local communities.”

The closing date for applications is Monday March 4.

Visit: dorset.police.uk to find out more, including frequently asked questions and the recruitment process.