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Rural Special Constable recruitment

Rural Special Constable recruitment is closed. Any recruitment updates will be posted here.

What is a Rural Special Constable?

There are two specific roles for Special Constables at Nottinghamshire Police. Special Constable work closely with officers, dealing with every day crime and community issues. Whereas, Rural Special Constables work in rural areas and work closely with Safer Neighbourhood Teams that deal with agricultural land, parkways and wildlife areas.

The aim of a Rural Special Constable is to maintain effective communication with key individuals and organisations Nottinghamshire Police work in partnership with as that is a key part of the force's future. Rural Special Constables will work with Wildlife Crime officers, Department of Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), National Farmers Union (NFU), Conservationists, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Environmental Agency, English Heritage and local community and parish members.

Nottinghamshire Police are proud to have members of the community who
have been attested by a Magistrate to become a Special Constable.
Specials volunteer dedicated their own personal time to provide
additional support and serve the front line with regular police

What will the role involve?

The role of the Rural Special Constable is varied. As a Rural Special, you will receive daily tasking's that may require you to visit a local farmer, a member of the community with a rural issue, meet with a councillor or a member from partner agencies. You could be walking through the countryside one minute and then on high visibility patrol the next.

You will have to be a good communicator with life skills to a high standard and get involved with the local community and issues surrounding rural areas. Nottinghamshire Police will provide necessary training and update training when legislations change to ensure you, as Rural Special Constables, have the correct tools and information needed to succeed in your role and earn the trust and confidence of the communities you serve.

How many hours do Rural Special Constables have to volunteer?

We ask that you volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month or around four hours per week. There is no maximum limit on the hours you can volunteers, but we have a duty of care to look after your welfare so may restrict the amount of hours you do if we see this as excessive.

How do I apply?

Once you feel you are ready to apply and you meet all the eligibility criteria, email: mfss.resourincg@cheshire.pnn.police.uk to express your interest and to be sent an application form for the role of a Rural Special.

Rural Special Constable is opening on Friday 1 July and will close on Sunday 31 July.

What is the eligibility criteria?

There are a number of stages to the application process:

  1. Completion of application form
  2. Completion of a number of Competency Based Questions that will be externally marked
  3. Invited for interview
  4. Vetting
  5. Medical
  6. Biometric testing
  7. Fitness test
  8. Uniform fitting
  9. References
  10. Drug test

What happens next?

If you are successful following the interview process and pass all pre-employment checks, you will be allocated to a Regular Training Course. This training will take place within Nottinghamshire at two of our training centres.

Training will occur on either a Saturday or Sunday each weekend for 22 weeks and throughout this training, there will be various tests and skills day at the end which will be assessed.

Once this training is complete, successful Rural Special Constables will be based in one of the following stations:

  • Worksop
  • Harworth
  • Retford
  • Newark
  • Ollerton

This is where you will be allocated a tutor (regular police officer) to work with. You will need to complete a number of Police Action Checklists (PAC's) and once these have been successfully completed you will attend a Rural Crime Training Course.

Contact information

For more information about becoming a Rural Special Constable email: specials.recruitment@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk