Working for us as a Special Constable
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 recruitment
Recruitment now closed
The latest round of recruitment for special constables closed in September 2015. We will update this webpage with updated information once recruitment reopens.
About our Special Constables
What is a Special Constable?
Special Constables (or "Specials") are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers. They work in partnership with regular officers and the wider policing family, such as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Specials spend a minimum of four hours a week supporting their police colleagues to tackle crime in their communities.
What do Special Constables do?
Specials take part in frontline police work. They spend most of their time on the streets, doing intelligence-based patrols in crime hotspots or taking part in crime-prevention initiatives. This could mean anything from keeping town centres safe at night to conducting house-to-house enquiries or helping prevent vulnerable members of the community from becoming victims of crime.
How many hours do Special Constables have to volunteer?
We ask that you volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. Most police forces expect members of their Special Constabulary to perform around four hours' duty per week (roughly 17 hours per month).
How do I apply?
Once you feel you are ready to apply and you meet all the eligibility criteria, details will be posted on this page for how to apply to become a Special Constable. Please note that becoming a Special Constable does not mean automatic entry into the regular police force.
Other useful information
A Frequently Asked Questions and 'What happens next?' guide are available to download from this page with more information on applying to become a Special Constable.
Special Constable Awareness events are for anyone interested in becoming a Special Constable. 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.
For more information about upcoming events and to secure your place, visit our Special Constables Awareness Events page.
For more information about becoming a Special Constable, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org