DEVON and Cornwall Constabulary is looking for enthusiastic people who want to make a real difference to communities in North Devon by joining the Specials. A recruitment open day will take place at Barnstaple Police Station on Sunday with the aim of att

DEVON and Cornwall Constabulary is looking for enthusiastic people who want to make a real difference to communities in North Devon by joining the Specials.

A recruitment open day will take place at Barnstaple Police Station on Sunday with the aim of attracting quick-thinking people who can offer their time to keep their neighbourhoods safe.

The open event will give people the chance to meet representatives from the Special Constabulary and chat about life as a volunteer.

Specials Chief Inspector Tim Courtis, based in Barnstaple, said: "North Devon has several large towns and villages, which at times place great demand on our emergency services. These volunteers will make a real difference in the community and provide a valuable boost to our resources.

"There is an urgent need to recruit more Special Constables, in Barnstaple, Braunton, Illfracombe, Lynton, South Molton, Bideford, Torrington and Holsworthy.

"Volunteers for the Special Constabulary come from all walks of life, you may be in full or part-time employment, working as a teacher, taxi-driver, accountant, photographer or in any one of a wide variety of jobs.

"I would encourage anyone interested in taking on an extremely rewarding and challenging role to come along and find out more," he added.

To become a Special Constable you must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month, be over 18 and meet the Force medical and eyesight standards.

Local employers are also encouraged to come along to the open day to find out about the advantages of having staff who are also Special Constables.

Benefits such as improved staff morale and motivation, improved retention of staff and enhanced corporate responsibility can assist in raising a company's local profile.

Special Chief Inspector Courtis, said: "Employers in North Devon can play an active part in supporting their local communities by assisting staff with volunteering opportunities. They can help improve the area in which the business is located and help achieve more visible policing and a real reduction in crime and the fear of crime."

The open day will run from 11am until 2pm and people of all ages are welcome to attend.