Eye-opener role comes to an end


A DEDICATED police volunteer has said farewell to the force after seven years.

Rod Auty, 45, of South Kirkby, began working for West Yorkshire Police in 2005, and after his initial training, spent most of his time at South Kirkby Police Station.

He worked as a police car and van driver and often worked alongside officers from the South East neighbourhood police team.

But due to other work commitments, the father-of-two has had to leave the role.

Mr Auty said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a special constable and I would recommend anyone local to volunteer. It really opened my eyes to the local communities’ needs and expectations.

“If my work commitments had not changed I would still want to volunteer.”

Insp Geoff Carter from the South East NPT, said: “Special constables play a significant role in supporting West Yorkshire Police in their everyday operational duties.

“Over an extended period, Rod has given up a great deal of his own time working for the communities of West Yorkshire and I thank him immensely on behalf of myself and the service.”

Anyone considering becoming a special constable should visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk or call 01924 292269.