Rural Special Constabulary
Could you do something
truly ‘Special’ for your rural community?
In October 2009, Hertfordshire Constabulary was the first police
force the country to pioneer and introduce Rural Special
Constables. Since then many other forces across the UK have also
introduced these specialist volunteer police officers.
Rural Specials are dedicated to the needs of rural
communities and have specialist local knowledge, understanding or
an interest in the countryside they live in and serve. They work
alongside the force’s Rural Operation Support Team and local Safer
They can be involved in everything from patrolling country lanes,
keeping an eye out for speeding drivers and dealing with fly
tipping, to tackling poaching and helping injured livestock and
Inspector George Holland, who conceived the idea of Rural Special
Constables and used to be a Special Constable himself before
joining the regular force, said: “Local knowledge and
intelligence from the rural community is vital in helping us reduce
crime and anti-social behaviour.
“We recognise and acknowledge that residents within our rural
communities have local town, village and hamlet knowledge and are
best placed to work in partnership with our Rural Operational
Support Team, Safer Neighborhood Teams and emergency response
officers that police our rural localities.”
The Constabulary is looking to recruit those with local knowledge
and interest in the countryside to join its team of Rural Special
Constables. If you live and work in rural areas, have an interest
in the county’s heritage, the local environment, wildlife or equine
issues - why not consider joining up?
Like regular Specials, Rural Specials have full police powers,
uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular
force. Some Rural Specials patrol their local areas on
horseback* using their own horses or via an ATV (All-Terrain
Vehicle or Quad Bike).
Browse the Special Constabulary web
pages to find out more and then click on ‘apply
*Rural Specials on horseback are not and cannot be compared
to the Mounted Units that are used by some forces. By
using your own horse in the role of Rural Special on horseback, you
will never knowingly be put in any situation that could put you or
your horse at the risk of injury or harm.
If you would like
to find out what a typical rural shift is like, please click