Around 450 applications have been made for roles as special constables in the first five days of a West Midlands Police recruitment drive, it has emerged.
An average of 90 people per day have made formal applications for the role.
Recruitment started on September 9 for 50 roles.
They are expected to be dished out on a first-come-first-served basis, and recruitment will close once 1,000 applications have been received.
Specials will be taken on in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Coventry and Birmingham.
The recruitment drive was launched in a bid to increase the number of volunteers on the force, which needs to make £126 million of cuts before 2015.
Successful candidates will be required to work a minimum of four hours during each week.
Sarah Astbury, spokeswoman for West Midlands Police, said: “We had received 450 applications by Friday.
“People still have the chance to apply.”
The jobs have been advertised on West Midlands Police’s website.
Police bosses said specials play a ‘vital role’ and provide an important link with the community.
They wear the same uniform as police officers and are given full training for the job.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones pledged to boost the number of specials when he was first recruited into post.
He said special constables were ‘remarkable volunteers’ who give their time for their community.
“These 50 new recruits will be a fantastic addition to the officers and staff of West Midlands Police on the streets, protecting the people of the West Midlands,” he said of the role.
“Becoming a Special Constable is not easy, but I would encourage anyone with the commitment and skills necessary for these vital roles to put themselves forward.”
People aged over 18 from across the Midlands can apply.
Sixteen weeks of training must take place before the role begins and training is expected to start in January next year.
It is hoped the first new specials will be operational by May 2014.
For details visit the website, which can be found at www.west-midlands.police.uk/recruitment.