More volunteers will be recruited to bolster Northamptonshire’s police force, according to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The county force faces a funding shortfull of £21 million by 2017 and different ways of creating a more visible force are needed, says Adam Simmonds.
Mr Simmonds outlined his plans at a recent meeting of South Northamptonshire’s Voluntary and Community Sector forum where he said his ambition was to have more than 1,000 volunteers and special constables to support the 1,220 regular police officers.
He said: “The Force is presently low on numbers in terms of volunteers and special constables.
“It is currently recruiting Specials, although not everyone necessarily wants to be involved in front-line policing or out in our town centres at weekends.
“There are other ways you can help and I am taking a new approach to volunteering.
“On taking office nearly a year ago, I asked the Chief Constable to ask every department across the Force – from the Dangerous Persons Unit to Safer Roads – to identify opportunities for using volunteers.
“There are a wide range of skills, specialisms and interests that people have developed through their working life and I would ask them whether they could bring these skills to Northamptonshire Police as a volunteer.
“Volunteering would help you develop your skills in a different way and would give you the opportunity of remaining active in your local community beyond retirement age.”