Please note: Recruitment for the Special Constabulary is now open.
Special Constables are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment including handcuffs and baton. This is coupled with an understanding of the law and the teaching of various police procedures.
Specials, as they're known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries, or from many other careers - and they volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours a month to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular police and the local community.
Why become a Special?
As a Special Constable you are in a great position to help the local community and make it a safer place to live, free from fear. You will get a feeling of achievement and accomplishment at having done something to help others, while supporting regular officers and contrbuting to the local community.
Becoming a Special will help you to discover a lot about yourself, and you will learn just how much you are capable of. Aside from the satisfaction and enjoyment of the work itself, you will:
- Learn new skills and abilities
- Have your experiences broadened
- Develop self-confidence
- Improve your communication
- Improve your motivation
- Meet a wide range of people
Joining the Specials opens up a world of opportunity for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing the training and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and challenge with every day you volunteer.
Our intention is to have a workforce which is reflective of our communities. This means increasing the number of officers from minority and ethnic backgrounds. We want our diverse communities to see themselves reflected in our staff, so they feel confident they are represented. Below are applicant letters in different languages, to help you decide if you would like to become a special.
If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable your first step is to attend one of our presentation events. Here, you have the chance to find out more information and you will have the opportunity to speak to Special Constables yourself and find out about the role from those who do the job.