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Special Constables

Do I undergo a fitness test?

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Yes, as part of the recruitment process, you will be required to undergo a 15 metre shuttle run (bleep test) to level 5/4 and a dynamic strength test, push/pull, to level 34kg and 35 kg respectively.

Candidates are allowed up to three attempts at the fitness test on different days should they fail at the first attempt.

Does being a Special Constable help me become a police officer?

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Being a Special Constable will enable you to experience all aspects of police work and gain a wealth of professional knowledge.

Whilst time served as a Special will not guarantee a position as a regular officer, it gives you an insight into the service and will help you meet the criteria and gain the attributes needed to become a police officer.

You will be serving your community, gaining first-hand experience of the job and building up knowledge that will help with your police officer application should you wish to apply to become a regular police officer.

Would I receive continuous professional training?

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Yes, once you have completed your initial training course and are on division, training will be delivered at divisional level to ensure you are always up to date with current laws, legislation and procedural matters.

During your first year you will also be working towards Independent Patrol Status, with the help of a mentor.

Can I get promoted?

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Yes, Nottinghamshire Special Constabulary has a rank structure and, through promotion, you can become a Special Sergeant or Special Inspector. 

Each rank progression brings extra responsibility as with the regular service.

What does the initial training involve?

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Training takes place over 23 days on either a Saturday or Sunday followed by duty time with a trained tutor (usually a regular police officer) at the police station where you will be stationed.

The classroom training takes place between 9am and 5pm at our training centres in Hucknall and Watnall.

Training is quite intensive and some of the things you will be taught are powers of arrest, first aid, personal safety, equipment training and law.

Can I claim expenses?

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Yes. Travel expenses that are incurred during your duties as a Special Constable are paid at a rate per mile or by submitting your public transport tickets. Taxis are not included.

How many hours will I have to volunteer?

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We ask that you volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month.

What does the security vetting involve?

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Security vetting checks are made on you and your immediate family. Financial checks are also carried out on you.

Convictions, cautions and fixed penalty notices (road traffic and recordable offences) will not necessarily preclude you from appointment with us. It will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence.

All convictions for any past offences, formal cautions by the police (including cautions as a juvenile) and any bind-overs imposed by a court must be declared. This includes traffic offences such as speeding, drink driving offences, fixed penalties for motoring, disorder and theft offences and any appearance before a court martial. Spent convictions must also be included.

Failure to disclose any convictions, cautions and fixed penalty notices will result in your application being terminated.

What does the selection process involve?

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The selection process takes approximately 12 weeks and involves

  • Competency-based questions (as part of the application)
  • Situational judgement test
  • Written test
  • Interview
  • Security vetting on yourself, your immediate family, partner’s family and any other adults who live at your address
  • Employment and educational references for the previous five years
  • Fitness test
  • Medical
  • Biometric testing (fingerprints and DNA)
  • References If you fail the competency-based questions, situational judgement test, written test or interview your application will be terminated and you will be unable to re-apply for six months.

Can I choose where to work?

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It depends on the capacity of the Neighbourhood Policing Team you have requested. 

We will take into account where you live but deployment depends on operational need and you will be required to serve anywhere across the county as does a police officer.

Do I have the same authority as a regular officer?

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Special Constables have the same powers of arrest as a regular police officer. 

You also wear the same uniform, which is provided for you.

Would my job prevent me from applying?

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If you do any of these jobs, you can't apply for the role of Special Constable, as they could cause a conflict of interest

  • Members of Police and Crime Commissioner Panels
  • Magistrates
  • Clerks to justice
  • Clerks to courts
  • Members of employer's police forces
  • Holders of liquor licences, managers of licensed houses and their husband or wife
  • Licensees of betting and gaming establishments and lottery promoters
  • Bailiffs and warrant officers
  • Probation officers
  • Members of private security organisations (whether directors, partners or employees)
  • Security personnel, guards, door staff, uniformed patrol workers
  • Prison custody officers
  • Private detectives and enquiry agents
  • School crossing patrols and traffic wardens
  • Members of the fire service
  • Members of the Armed Forces (If you are a member of the reserve forces, you can join the Special Constabulary and the same works in the opposite direction)
  • Members of medical, nursing and midwifery professions, and Ambulance Service (unless written permission is given by the employing NHS Trust or Health Authority)
  • Highways Agency traffic officers
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