Hertfordshire Constabulary is appealing for people with a passion to protect the community to join its volunteer officers in 2018.

Those who sign up will join a team of more than 240 special constables who help keep the county’s residents safe.

The role of a volunteer police officer is both rewarding and exciting, and also provides the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills – all through dedicating at least 16 hours per month.

Special constables have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force.

They get involved in all areas of frontline policing - from high visibility patrols around pubs and clubs and assisting at the scene of a road traffic collision or burglary, to arresting people or reassuring and advising residents after a crime.

Once initial training is complete, specials are coached by regular officers until they are fit for independent patrol.

Anyone who would like more information on becoming a special constable should visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk