Special support for police from Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers is supporting South Yorkshire Police'sn Special Constable recruitment campaign.  Left to right are: Special Constable Liz Kirkby, Doncaster Rover footballer Chris Brown, Sergeant Louise Warbrick, Doncaster Rover footballer James Coppinger, Special Constable Simon Lindley, Doncaster Rover footballer Billy Paynter and Special Sergeant Marie Harwood
Doncaster Rovers is supporting South Yorkshire Police'sn Special Constable recruitment campaign. Left to right are: Special Constable Liz Kirkby, Doncaster Rover footballer Chris Brown, Sergeant Louise Warbrick, Doncaster Rover footballer James Coppinger, Special Constable Simon Lindley, Doncaster Rover footballer Billy Paynter and Special Sergeant Marie Harwood
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A special constables recruitment campaign has scored support from Doncaster Rovers.

South Yorkshire Police is trying to recruit more special constables and the Rovers have supported the campaign by hosting a recruitment workshop at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The club has also put information about how to become a special constable in its match day programme.

Chief Insp Neil Thomas said: “It is fantastic to have the support of this football team. The support of local businesses is vital to our recruitment campaign. The work of Special Constables is valuable to the policing in South Yorkshire and it is a great way for people to develop their skills and work in their community. We want to recruit people who want to help people and make a difference to their community.”

Liam Scully, chief exec of the Doncaster Rovers Foundation, said: “We are real advocates on volunteering and the benefits for the individuals and the community as a whole. I hope that the event which is being held at the Keepmoat Stadium will attract lots of potential special constables as they have such an important role within the police force. We work with South Yorkshire Police on a number of initiatives and wish them well for this campaign.”

A key priority for South Yorkshire Police is to raise the number of special constables across the force from 275 to 650 by April 2015. There are currently 394.

Specials are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers. They receive the same training as regular officers. Their work can be varied and can include working alongside regular police officers to patrol local neighbourhoods, working on targeted operations and football matches.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Special Constable please call 0114 2197000 or visit www.southyorks.police.uk.