DO you fancy yourself as an amateur Inspector Morse?
Then West Yorkshire Police’s murder squad wants to hear from you.
In an unprecedented step for the force – and in what is thought to be a UK first – the homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) is recruiting volunteers.
They will work alongside top detectives on some of the area’s most high-profile crimes.
Duties will include house-to-house enquiries, obtaining CCTV footage and carrying out research.
Head of HMET, Det Chief Supt Max McLean, insisted the move was not about saving money.
He said: “There’s no issue with the recession and it’s not about getting police on the cheap.
“It’s about building links with communities by using all the skills and abilities people have.
“It may be that someone has real analytical skills and can look through documents to find particular clues.”
The team want 50 to 60 volunteers aged over 18.
Applicants will be vetted and interviewed before being allocated to one of the operational teams or support units within HMET.
They will provide support in areas like administration, proof-reading and the transportation of exhibits from crime scenes.
The scheme aims to give trained detectives more time to concentrate on major priorities.
Det Chief Supt McLean said the volunteers would be fully involved in the work of HMET.
He added: “HMET is one of the most challenging areas of policing, dealing with some of the worst possible crimes.
“Volunteers will bring added value to the work carried out by the current team and will help us to engage with the communities that are affected by serious crime.
“We welcome adults of all ages from all backgrounds and would encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity and reap the rewards that police work has to offer.”
The police are holding open evenings on March 8 and 11 for potential volunteers to listen to presentations by senior officers, pick up application packs and speak to officers.
The seminars are in the lecture theatre at Bishopgarth Training School at Westfield Road in Wakefield.
Anyone who wants to attend should register at www.policevolunteers.co.uk