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North Lanarkshire Special Constables
North Lanarkshire Council has teamed up with Police Scotland to become the first local authority to launch the scheme, which extends to 12,500 employees.
Those who are recruited as special constables will receive 10 days per year to attend training or carry out operational duties.
Chief executive Paul Jukes said: “Special constables provide support to full-time officers and we are pleased to assist. We already work in partnership with Police Scotland and this is a unique opportunity for our employees to become involved in local policing.”
Special constables are deployed with regular officers and can be involved in anything from patrolling the streets, providing support to victims of crime, policing football matches or even attending a serious crime.
Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine, divisional commander of Lanarkshire Division, said: “I am delighted the council is helping us recruit special constables in North Lanarkshire.“