MSP Gil Paterson has backed a police campaign to enlist new volunteer officers to the force.
Police Scotland is seeking to bolster its special constable ranks, the part-time body with identical powers to official officers.
Applications have opened today (February 3) and are open to all members of the public, including EU and Commonwealth citizens with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
The MSP told how it would be a great chance to protect communities and help snare criminals across Scotland.
Duties can consist of policing football matches, assisting at road accidents, patrolling streets and criminal investigations.
The number has been falling in recent years, with BBC Scotland revealing there were 517 special constables in 2019, down from 1,391 in 2013. The force pointed out some of this was due to 500 volunteers going full-time.
Mr Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “Becoming a special constable is a great opportunity for my constituents to get proactive in protecting their communities from the scourge of crime.
“Volunteering in front line policing is both an exciting and rewarding role, and has huge benefits to Police Scotland, which thrives off the new perspectives brought in.
“Anyone can apply to become a special constable, whereby they will be given the same powers as regular offers, to help police at various events and incidents.
“I wish Police Scotland the best of luck in this campaign and urge any of my constituents who think it could be for them, to check out this excellent opportunity.”
More information: https://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/special-constables/