Applications are open for those who want a role in their communities to become a special constable.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is in search of volunteers to support its activities in Bolton and all across the region.

A special constable has all the powers of a police constable, such as arresting suspects and interviewing witnesses.

Most of them support the activities within their districts but there are also opportunities to participate in events at a local level, such as Remembrance Day, and at a national level, such as the Commonwealth Games.

In the last year, special constables volunteered around 76,000 hours – equivalent to 36 full-time police constables.

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Chief Superintendent Chris Hill, strategic lead for the Special Constabulary, said: "We are so pleased to be able to open applications for special constables with the offer of the best in training, as well as opportunities to integrate officers into other departments such as specialist operations.

"Specials bring a wide variety of skills to their role, including the experience that they have gained in their careers outside of policing. 

"We are so grateful to every single one of our officers who give up their valuable time to ensure our communities are safeguarded, our roads are a safer place and regular officers are supported in the fight against crime.

"Over 60 per cent of our cohort have been with ourselves for over three years coming from all walks of life, gaining training, expertise and confidence whilst also making new friends and colleagues. 

"If you or someone you know is interested, then please come along to one of our recruitment events which will be happening every month."

Those interested in becoming a special constable are advised to attend the next of these recruitment events at Bolton College on May 22.

To apply to become a special constable, go to the GMP website (

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