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1. What powers do Special Constables
2. What is the minimum monthly duty
3. Where will I be stationed?
4. What happens after my initial
5. What duties will I perform during my
first few months?
6. Can I work with specialist
7. What expenses can I claim?
8. What happens if I am required to attend
9. What welfare and support facilities are
10. Are there prospects for promotion
within the Special Constabulary?
1. What powers do Special
Special Constables have exactly the
same powers as regular officers throughout England and Wales. They
wear the same uniform and carry the same officer protection
2. What is the minimum monthly duty
Generally Special Constables are
required to do a minimum of 16 hours a month, however the average
undertaken is around 30. Some periods of reduced hours are
acceptable if a Special Constable is on their annual holiday, needs
study leave for professional examinations or in other extenuating
personal circumstances. This flexibility will need to be agreed
with a Special Sergeant.
All Special Constables are expected to meet the national minimum
requirement of 200 duty hours each year.
3. Where will I be
New recruits will initially be
allocated to areas of the county where there is more of a demand
for Special Constables. The location you are allocated to
could be any one of the areas featured in the map.
However, as the Constabulary values
the contribution made by Special Constables, it will always
endeavour to post officers in areas they would like to be based if
possible. Some officers prefer not to work in the local area
they live in, whilst others see that as an advantage.
New recruits will be allocated to either an Intervention or Safer
Neighbourhood Team to which they will remain dedicated for the
majority of their duties. However there will be opportunities
to work with other teams and go on developmental attachments to
specialist teams and to support other policing events and
operations outside of their dedicated teams. In time these
attachments could become permanent positions.
happens after my initial training?
After initial training, new Special
Constable recruits will undertake a period of assessment during the
course of their duties. They will undertake these duties with the
guidance of a coach and once they have completed the necessary
criteria, Special Constables will be deemed fit for independent
5. What duties will I perform
during my first few months?
Once your initial training has
finished, during the first few months, you will put into practice
key policing skills you have learnt such as Stop and Search,
arrests and statement taking. You will work on a variety of
incidents as they arise with the support of your coach. More
classroom based learning and practical training will follow
throughout your policing career.
6. Can I work with
After it has been decided an
officer is fit for independent patrol, they can be considered to
take on a specialist policing role.
7. What expenses can I
You should not be out-of-pocket as
a result of being a Special Constable and any expenses are
reclaimable. Telephone calls, travel allowance and subsistence
allowance (depending on the length of your shift) can be
8. What happens if I am required to
You will be notified of any case,
in which you are required to give evidence, well in advance. You
will be reimbursed for any loss of earnings as a result of
9. What welfare and support
facilities are there?
Occupational Health and Welfare Unit at Headquarters offers
specialist advice supported by a comprehensive range of
The services of Chaplains are available throughout the Constabulary
to anyone seeking emotional and spiritual support, regardless of
personal faith religion and beliefs.
Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to representing and
maintaining the happiness of its staff in as many ways as possible.
We have a diverse workforce, with a wide range of beliefs.
Employees are represented through a variety of support groups which
(Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Support Group)
(Disability Support Group)
(Women’s Support Group)
- Hertfordshire Association of Muslim Police
- Hertfordshire Black Police Association
Any loss of earnings incurred due to injury on duty will be
10. Are there prospects for
promotion within the Special Constabulary?
Yes. Vacancies arise throughout the
county and are advertised internally.
If you meet the criteria for the post advertised, you can request a
promotion application form. Short-listed applicants will be invited
to a promotion interview board and you will be supported through
the process with appropriate training.