Rural Special Constabulary
Could you do something
truly ‘Special’ for your rural community?
In 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 Specials 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
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
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 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