Rural Special Constabulary

Rural Specials


Could you do something truly ‘Special’ for your rural community?

Rural specialsIn October 2009, Hertfordshire Constabulary was the first police force in 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 Special Constables are dedicated to the needs of rural communities and have been specially trained to have an understanding of rural issues and the countryside they serve. They work alongside the force’s Rural Operation Support Team (ROST) and local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.


They can be involved in everything from investigating heritage crime, hare coursing and dealing with fly tipping, to tackling poaching and investigating wildlife offences.



RecruitmentRural policing

The Constabulary is looking to recruit anyone with an interest in the countryside and rural affairs to join its team of Rural Special Constables. If you live and work in rural areas OR if you just simply have an interest in the county’s heritage, the local environment, wildlife, rural or equine issues - why not consider joining up?


Like regular Specials, Rural Special Constables 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 online’.

* Rural Special Constables 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 here.