The special constabulary is a form of serving your community like no other.
Why not volunteer as a special constable and support the work of your police force in the community?
The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. The importance of the special constabulary cannot be under estimated and the need is as great today as it ever has been.
'Specials', as special constables are known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, HR advisers, secretaries, or any number of other careers - and they all volunteer an average of four hours of their time each week to their local area, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community.
Joining the specials opens up a world of opportunity for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing the training and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and challenge every day you volunteer.
On completion of training, special constables carry a full range of police powers, are issued with the same protective equipment, wear a similar uniform, and deal with the same type of incidents as their regular colleagues. These may range from youth disorder and special events through to theft from shops and burglaries.
Reasons to become a special constable
People consider joining the special constabulary for a variety of reasons, some of these include
To give something back to their community
To learn new skills and gain valuable experience for a CV
For a personal challenge
To learn about the police before committing to a full time career with the service
Becoming a special can help
Develop self respect and self confidence
Improve your communication skills
Learn more about your community
Specials receive travel expenses and a ‘boot allowance’.
Specials are covered by regulations which, subject to meeting certain criteria, make financial provision in the event of death or injuries/illness sustained in the line of duty.