A MOTHER who gave birth just six months ago and a dancing teacher are among the latest additions to GMP’s volunteer ranks.

Thirty-seven new Special Constables were enrolled last week in a ceremony at Sedgley Park, with GMP Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, officiating magistrate Joan Cooper and Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mike Walmsley in attendance.

Some of the bobbies set to be on the beat in Bolton include Bethany-Marie Atkinson and Ayesha Clemmett-Patel.

Bethany currently works as a dancing teacher and in a shop, joining the Specials “in order to make a difference”.

She struggled to find a career path that suited her, but found a “real passion” following the completion of her training.

Another recruit, Ayesha Clemmett-Patel, has joined the Specials just six months after welcoming her baby girl into the world.

Ayesha said she has always wanted to work for the police and give back to her community in a proactive way.

GMP Chief Supt Stuart Ellison said: “Special Constables play an integral role in policing Greater Manchester. Their contribution in preventing and reducing crime, as well as building links with local communities, is really appreciated and valued by both the Force and members of the public.

“They cannot be applauded highly enough for their commitment and dedication to keeping Greater Manchester and its communities safe.”

The ceremony marked the end of the recruits' five-month training programme and the start of their role, in which they will give at least four hours a week to serving local communities.

They have the same powers as regular officers, including the power of arrest.

There are currently over ten thousand Special Constables serving in the UK.