Special Constables

Special Constables

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.

What's involved?

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.

Meet our Specials

  • You may apply aged 17, but must be aged 18 or over when you start with us. There is no upper age limit.
  • Be a British citizen, or an EU/European Economic Area (EEA) national, Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with Indefinite Leave to Remain or Pre-Settled/Settled status and no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.
  • Be in good health and able to physically and mentally perform your duties.
  • 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 – these 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.

  • completion of self-assessment questionnaire,
  • application,
  • undertake the online National Sift assessment,
  • 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 10 whole weekends (Every other weekend) over a 5 month period – usually Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and is held at training locations to be confirmed.

Please visit our Vetting – FAQ page for more information.
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 Constable recruitment is currently open – you can apply here.

We also welcome applications from current serving Special Constables looking to transfer or re-join TVP – you can apply here.


If you would like to speak to our recruitment team, please email us at recruitmentspecialco@thamesvalley.police.uk