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Working for us as a Special Constable

Read our special constable frequently asked questions (FAQs)

You can play a vital role in helping us to deliver and improve our service to the public by becoming a Special Constable.

Special Constables are volunteer police officers. They come from all walks of life – teachers, HGV drivers, paramedics, taxi drivers, administrators, house wives, nurses and many other careers.

They give their spare time to provide a vital link between the regular police and the local community.

Find out what the Specials are up to by following the Special Constabulary on Twitter @NottsSpecials

Special Constable awareness events

Nottinghamshire Police will host its latest Special Constables awareness event on Monday 26 January 2015 (from 5.30pm) at Nottinghamshire County Council's County Hall in West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ.

The event is for anyone interested in becoming a Special Constable when recruitment opens again later this year.

For more information about these events, please visit our Special Constables Awareness Events page.

Am I eligible to become a Special Constable?

To become a Special Constable you must

  • Be over 18
  • Be a national of a country within the European Economic Area or have the right to remain in the UK free of restrictions
  • Have lived in the UK for the last three years
  • Have a permanent address in Nottinghamshire or its surrounding counties

Your personal qualities should include integrity, honesty, tact and excellent communication skills.

How many hours do I need to give?

Special Constables are asked to complete a minimum of 16 hours a month duty time.

Will I be trained?

Yes. Comprehensive training is provided over a 23-week period either on a Saturday or Sunday. The training takes place at our training schools in Hucknall and Watnall.

Training includes self defence, powers of arrest, law and first aid. Once you have completed the initial training, you will have the same powers as a regular police officer.

What are the benefits for me?

The benefits to you as an individual and for your career are extensive. Being a Special Constable gives you the opportunity to give something back to the community. You will gain new skills, make new friends, gain insights into many different walks of life, and experience a valuable insight into working in the regular police force. You will find each tour of duty brings new challenges.

Being a Special, you will build upon and develop these skills, which are all transferable to your full time employment or future career: 

  • being a team player
  • staying calm in a crisis and coping with the unexpected
  • communicating with people from different backgorunds and with different needs
  • resolving disputes with tact and guiding others to do the right thing
  • solving problems, negotiating and decision making

How can I find out more?

Come along to one of our Awareness Events where you can hear about the selection process, the training and speak to Special Constables about their experiences and responsibilities. We prefer candidates to initially attend an Awareness Event before submitting their application form to ensure they have a full understanding of the role and its responsibilities.

The next events are detailed in the 'Special Constabulary Awareness Events link below. Please contact specials.recruitment@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk to reserve a place or make any enquiries.

How do I apply?

Once you feel you are ready to apply and you meet all the eligibility criteria you can download an application form. Completed applications should be sent to Specials Recruitment, Police Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PP.

Please note that becoming a Special Constable does not mean automatic entry into the regular police force.

What happens after I apply?

Read our step-by-step guide to what happens after you apply to be a special constable.



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