A NORTH-East police force is recruiting for new volunteer officers.

Durham Police is is planning to take on new special constables who will perform front-line roles in communities across the county.

Applications open on Monday and the deadline is 5pm on Friday, September 22.

‘Specials’ as they are known are volunteer police officers who commit a minimum of 16 hours per month to supporting front-line policing across County Durham and Darlington.

They have to undergo rigorous training, have the same powers as regular police officers, and wear the same uniform.

Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, who heads up Durham Special Constabulary, said: “We’re looking for ordinary people who want to do something extraordinary in their communities. We welcome people from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

“Being a Special Constable is one of the most challenging roles a volunteer can do, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. As well as playing a vital role in supporting our front-line officers across the county, you’ll make friends and develop skills for life.”

Applicants must be 18 or over and must be physically fit enough to perform the role.

For more information, visit durham.police.uk.