Council staff to consider a special role

Gillian Steele, a North Labnarkshire council employee who is also a special constable, is flanked by Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine and council chief executive Paul Jukes.
Gillian Steele, a North Labnarkshire council employee who is also a special constable, is flanked by Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine and council chief executive Paul Jukes.

North Lanarkshire Council employees are being encouraged to consider pounding a different beat.

The council is the first local authority in Scotland to ask its 12,500 employees to think about volunteering as special constables.

Council chief executive Paul Jukes said: “Special constables provide support to full-time officers and we are pleased to assist.

“We already work in partnership with Police Scotland and this is a unique opportunity for our employees to become involved in local policing.

“I would encourage anyone interested to visit the special constable recruitment web site.”

Special constables are deployed with regular officers and can be involved in anything from patrolling the streets, providing support to victims of crime, policing football matches or even attending a serious crime.

Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine, Divisional Commander of Lanarkshire Division, said: “I am delighted the council is helping us recruit Special Constables in North Lanarkshire. This is an excellent example of partnership working to help keep people safe.

“Their presence will deter crime and discourage anti-social behaviour, as well as offering additional reassurance to members of the public.”

For more information visit the Police Scotland website