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 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
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
* 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
If you would like
to find out what a typical rural shift is like, please click