Neil is a Health and Safety Advisor and was previously a mines rescue officer at Kellingley Colliery. He has been a Special Constable for 21 years.
Before joining the Specials I’d applied to join as a regular officer in South Yorkshire, without success. However, when my job moved from Doncaster to Kellingley, North Yorkshire Police were recruiting Special Constables and I took the opportunity to join. I thought that I could make a real difference to the community where I lived and being relatively new to the area it was an opportunity for me to meet other people and make friends.
I particularly enjoy engaging with the community where I work. I am proud to lead a dedicated and efficient team of officers who tackle local issues in the area to make the quality of life better for the community. Liaising with senior management I organise resources into hot spot areas and run local events within the district.
After all the years of being a police officer, I can honestly say I enjoy the job just as much now as when I first started, my enthusiasm has never waned and I’m still as passionate now as I was when I went out on my first patrol. Anyone who knows me will say that I lead from the front, set high standards for myself and for others to follow. I have forged great links with fellow Special Constables, regular officers and supervisors alike.
For anyone who is thinking about joining the Special Constabulary, all I can say is, if you do join you won’t regret it!