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The role of a Special Constable

As a Special Constable you can make a direct contribution to your local community. You will help fight crime and forge stronger connections between the police and the people you serve.

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The truth is we are all capable of far more than we know and becoming a Special is one of the best ways to learn.  You will face exciting challenges, acquire new skills and develop untapped potential.

Being a Special is hard, demanding work, but from your first time on duty, you will see the impact you are having. It is also extremely varied, and you could easily find yourself doing any of the following:

Ensuring public safety

  • Assisting at the scene of accidents, fires or incidents, helping to control situations and ensuring that people are safe
  • Providing security and crowd control at major public events – preventing injuries and disorder

Preventing crime

  • Carrying out high-visibility foot patrols to deter and detect criminals
  • Educating businesses and the community about crime and how to avoid it
  • Talking to school children about crime reduction and community safety to help them stay safe and make the right choices

Tackling crime

  • Confronting anti-social behaviour on the streets such as gangs or intimidating behaviour
  • Managing alcohol-related incidents such as public drunkenness or violence
  • Enforcing road safety laws in local communities

Investigating crime

  • Conducting house-to-house enquiries to gather information and support larger enquiries
  • Involvement in police operations to disrupt and arrest offenders
  • Visiting victims of crime to gather evidence to progress an investigation

Securing convictions

  • Write your own statements, use Police systems and present evidence in court to support the justice system in prosecuting offenders

See a different world

Out on patrol, you will deal with situations and people you would probably never encounter in your day-to-day life. Most of all, you will get to see the real impact of crime on people’s lives and the extraordinary power you have as an individual to make a real difference. Being a Special is both exciting and rewarding and for many it is a life changing decision. Whatever your plans, you will find working as a member of the police service, alongside regular officers of all ranks, police staff and other volunteers, an exciting and rewarding experience.

What is in it for you?

  • Above all, the feeling that you really are making a difference – making a positive contribution in the fight against crime
  • Sense of personal fulfilment
  • Develop personal and professional skills
  • Learn and develop many transferable skills that often support paid employment or other roles/personal life: e.g. managing confrontational situations, leadership and personal safety
  • Personal satisfaction of learning new skills and gaining confidence
  • Learn more about policing
  • Show your community that you care
  • Meet new people
  • Work as part of a team
  • Enjoy new experiences
  • Discover new things about yourself and just how much you are capable of
  • Leadership skills

If you are interested in becoming a Special and have leadership experience through work or life experiences then once you have completed and passed your probationary training, there is the potential to progress quickly to supervisory and managerial volunteer roles.