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ANYONE interested in helping their community by becoming a Special Constable is being urged to go along to an event in Buxton next week.

High Peak and Dales Community Safety Inspector Shaun Woodcock said: “Our Special Constables are very important to us as they play a valuable role in policing and within the communities we serve.

“People often volunteer because they are interested helping their local community, in a career in the police service or because they want to learn more about what policing involves.”

He added: “In return, people have the chance to develop and enhance their own skills and build confidence. I would encourage anyone who may be interested in the role to call into Buxton police station and find out more.”

Special Constables are volunteers who, after training, work within Safer Neighbourhood Teams alongside regular police officers and Police Community Support Officers.

They have the same powers as police officers and are required to volunteer for a minimum of four hours a week.

A drop-in information session will take place between 6pm-8pm on October 27 at Buxton police station.

There will be the chance to learn more by meeting existing Special Constables. People will also be able to pick up an information pack.

The Special Constabulary recruits people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are a few basic criteria that people need to meet if they want to join.

You must be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old to apply.

People can also request an information pack by calling 0300 330 1330 or by emailing recruitment@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.