VOLUNTEERS could be given the chance to help investigate the most serious crimes including murders and stranger rapes.

Two new roles have been created in Essex Police's special constabulary which will see the recruits build on their basic training by working alongside detectives in the Major Crime Unit and the Serious Economic Crime Unit with the Serious Crime Directorate.

Officers are searching for people who are driven, organised and self-motivated and are able to give up a minimum of 16 hours per month for the volunteer detective roles.

Temporary Det Supt Stephen Jennings from the Serious Crime Directorate said: “Do you want to help investigate the most serious crimes in Essex including murders, attempted murders, stranger rapes and kidnappings?

"Could you help us investigate complex fraud and corruption cases, money laundering and electoral fraud?

“If so, you could be a great fit for our Major Crime Unit or our Serious Economic Crime Unit.

"We are looking for people to join our Special Constabulary and work alongside serving detectives to bring justice to some of the most serious criminals in Essex.

"You’ll help to execute warrants, capture evidence and give crime prevention advice to help us in our fight against crime.

“Come along to our recruitment event to hear more about the role.

"I will be there to talk to you about the role of a SCD special, our team can talk you through the recruitment process and we’ll be on hand to take any questions you have.”

The recruitment event is being held at Essex Police Sports and Social Club in St Margaret's Road, Springfield from 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Booking at essex.police.uk/specials is essential and attendees must bring photographic ID and agree to bag searches on arrival.

Special constables are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers but who give up their time for free and only reimbursed for expenses.

Applicants need to be at least 18, have the indefinite right to stay in the UK, have lived in this country for three years and be medically fit.

Basic training is on offer as a four week intensive course or on 14 alternative weekends.