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Special constables

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A special constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer with all of the same powers as regular police officers.

Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. They are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Hertfordshire safe.

Our specials say they joined for many different reasons, including supporting the communities they live in and having the chance to enjoy numerous, varied benefits.

Benefits of becoming a special constable

  • Make a real difference to people's lives.
  • Meet new people.
  • Competitive edge in the jobs market.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Do something new and exciting.
  • Gain confidence.
  • Opportunities to be a Special across the whole county of Hertfordshire.
  • Use your experience and skills to help prevent crime.
  • Lead a more varied and challenging life.
  • Keep fit and healthy.
  • Flexible hours to suit you.
  • Gain knowledge of law and order.
  • Mileage and subsistence costs covered.

Which skills are required to become a special?

We need people with strong communication skills who act with confidence, coupled with a responsible attitude.

We are looking for people who:

  • Stay calm in a crisis.
  • Able to respond effectively in confrontational situations.
  • Communicate clearly.
  • Resolve disputes sensitively and appropriately.
  • Think laterally and solve problems.
  • Plan and take the initiative.
  • Are tolerant and work well in a team.
  • Are honest, fair and impartial.
  • Act with integrity.
  • Treat people with respect and courtesy.
  • Are resilient.

We are committed to creating a Special Constabulary which reflects the community it serves and encourage people from all communities and backgrounds to apply.

Interested in joining?

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