Special Constables are Volunteer Police Officers. As a Special, you wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and hold the same power of arrest as your regular police officer colleagues.
In this unique role you will learn more about life and human nature than most people will ever see. You will need to contribute at least 18 hours per month, at times which fit around your life – whether that’s child care, education, work or other commitments – we make your shifts work.
Specials offer essential, valued support to regular officers. Typical duties include foot patrol, assisting at the scene of accidents, enforcing road safety initiatives, conducting house-to-house enquiries, providing security at major events, tackling anti-social behaviour, presenting evidence in court and more!
Ultimately, you will feel a great sense of achievement policing your local communities.
“It’s a privilege to be involved in the things people have going on in their day-to-day lives that I would have no contact with otherwise – you could be sent to absolutely anything.”
- aged over 18
- be a British EC/EEA or Commonwealth citizen, or a foreign national with right to remain
- good health and physical shape with a BMI between 18-30
- no history of imprisonment or youth detention – any criminal record/conviction will need to be declared
There are some jobs which can cause a possible conflict of interest – there are known as ‘precluded occupations’. Examples include:
- Bar work including door staff
- Armed Forces
- Immigration Officers
This is not a complete list, if you would like to know more, please contact the recruitment department.
Typically, the process from initial application through to start date can take up to six months.
- assessment including competency based interview and dictation test at either Sulhamstead, Berkshire or Kidlington, Oxfordshire
- provisional offer
- vetting, references and medical checks (including fitness test)
- training intake start date
Initial training is nine weekends over a four month period (every other weekend) – usually Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and is held at our Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead.
Employer Supported Policing
Employer Supported Policing (ESP) is a partnership between employers, their staff and the police to support Special Constabulary duties. Employers who have an ESP scheme in place may offer additional paid leave for Special Constable training or duties.
If your employer doesn’t have an ESP policy but would be interested in finding out more, they can contact the recruitment team.
- Special Constabulary recruitment is currently open with a closing date of Wednesday 30 September 2020. Special Constable Transferees/Re-joiners recruitment is open with a closing date of Wednesday 31 March 2021.