DORSET Police has today launched a campaign to recruit more volunteer officers.

The latest Special Constabulary recruitment campaign gets underway to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week.

Specials have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment. They get involved in a range of day-to-day policing activities including patrol work, community events, targeted operations and specialist training.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I am proud to announce the launch of Dorset Police’s Special Constabulary and volunteer recruitment campaign for 2014.

“Having the heart of our community working with us provides an important opportunity for you to influence the way we police our county.

“Volunteering in these roles will be exciting, challenging, rewarding and offer a chance for you to bring your skills, knowledge and experience to help keep local communities safe.

“In return for training, camaraderie and being a key part of our team, we ask for your commitment, professionalism and a will to succeed in delivering the highest standards of service that our community rightly deserves.”

A special constable is asked to work an average of 16 hours a month but working hours are flexible.

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “Becoming a volunteer special constable is a great way for you to make a difference in your community, while at the same time developing your personal skills.

“Special constables come from all walks of life but whatever your background, you will take pride from giving something back to the community of Dorset.

“I am constantly humbled and inspired by the commitment shown by special constables and will support you on your journey in becoming a special and in serving the people of Dorset.”

To find out more about becoming a special constable, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment process visit the Dorset Police The closing date for applications is Monday 30 June 2014.

Dorset Police also has a team of non-uniformed Police Support Volunteers who assist at police stations or administrative centres, or in some cases in public-facing areas, conducting a variety of roles.

The support of these volunteers allows police officers and staff to concentrate on core policing duties, resulting in more officers being available on the street and improved community support. For more information about becoming a volunteer visit or email