Applying to be a Special Constable

Date published: 12 February 2019 08:10

Are you eligible to be a Special?

Just like with our regular officers, our Specials need to meet certain requirements.  Take a look at this document to see whether you meet the eligibility requirements.

Presentation Events

If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable it is recommended that you 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.


Our next event is on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at Niagara Police Sports and Social Club, Niagara Road, Sheffield S6 1LU at 18:30. Please click HERE to register for the event and book your place.

Application form

If you have checked that you are eligible to apply and you have attended a Presentation Event, the next step is to complete an application form which you can find here.

Assessment Event

If you pass the application form stage, you will be invited to an Assessment Event which consists of 3 parts:

A written exercise

A 20 minute exercise where you will be required to make suggestions on how you would resolve an issue.

A competency-based structured interview

The interview will last for up to 20 minutes and you will be asked four questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. These questions will be related to the competency areas relevant to the role of a Special Constable, details of which will be sent to you prior to the assessment process.

You will be given up to five minutes to answer each question. The person interviewing you will stop you if you go over the five minutes. As the person interviewing you asks you the question, they will also give you a written copy of the question to refer to. They may ask you further questions to help you to give a full response.

You will be assessed on five different competencies during the 20-minute interview.  Oral Communication will be assessed throughout the interview and you will be asked one question in relation to the following four competency areas:

  • Openness to Change
  • Professionalism
  • Service Delivery
  • Working with Others

A situational judgement test

This is a 50 minutes assessment, where you will be presented with 25 questions. Each question describes a situation and provides you with a choice of four response options. You will be asked to use your judgement to rate the effectiveness of each of the response options. Once you have made your decision you will fill in the appropriate spaces on an answer sheet. You will be given full instructions before you start the test.


Results will be sent to you by email within two weeks of the assessment.

A ‘Candidate Feedback Report’ providing detailed information on how you performed in the assessment process will be supplied on request. The aim of the report is to show how you performed in each of the competency areas and exercises.

Next steps

After the assessment has been completed you will go onto the next stage, which will include the following;

1. Medical questionnaire
You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire, which needs to be signed by your GP.

2. Medical appointment
You will be seen by an Occupational Health Nurse, who will complete a series of screening tests, including blood pressure, height and weight, urine, vision, spirometry and lung function. An audiometry test will also check your hearing. You will be told on the day whether you have passed or failed.

3. Fitness Test
You will be asked to complete a fitness test, which must be passed before you can move on with the process.

4. References

5. Drug and bio metric test
A representative from an external company who specialises in substance misuse testing will conduct the test. Your sample cannot be analysed without your consent, so you will be asked to complete a consent form on the day.

6. Vetting
For more information about the vetting process, please click here.