Special Constables have the same power, uniform and responsibilities as regular (paid) police officers but volunteer on a part-time basis.
Specials – as they are known – come from all walks of life and backgrounds. They volunteer a minimum of sixteen hours per month to support local policing.
Being a Special Constable is not easy. You will be faced with challenging and confrontational situations that most people will never come across in their lifetime. But the rewards can vastly outweigh the challenges. You will gain confidence and new skills, work with a team of equally amazing people, and ultimately, you will have helped people in need or made their life better.
Special Constable recruitment for October 2016 has now closed. Keep an eye on this web page for future recruitment campaigns.
In the meantime, you can find out what it’s like to be a special in this video:
If you would like to join us, we are looking for resilient people with a real passion for serving the public, with proven life experience and customer service skills.
Effective communication skills and strong working ethics are vital attributes and you must be able to commit your spare time to the intensive training period, as well as giving up 16 hours each month.
Meet Pinki Bilku, currently in training to become a special constable. Read about Pinki’s experience of the demanding training schedule through her online blog. Click here to view
Read about a typical day being a Special Constable: