What is a Special Constable?
The Special Constabulary is made up
of men and women who want to work with regular police officers in
their spare time. Most specials have full-time jobs or are
Who is a Special Constable?
Specials come from a diverse range
of backgrounds with a variety of skills - but to join, you must be
aged at least 18, be in general good health and be willing to spare
at least 16 hours a month. There are some occupations which are
incompatible with being a Special Constable – they include the
armed forces, traffic wardens, parking attendants, those involved
with the administration of the law and those employed in private
Why become a Special
People become specials for all
kinds of reasons – the most common one is giving something back to
the community. Many of the Force’s specials who join up for this
reason, have well paid jobs and see themselves having the best of
both worlds by being a Special Constable in their spare time. Other
Special Constables join to see what life is like as a police
officer before making the commitment to join up as a regular.
When can I perform my duties?
The majority of our current
Specials Constables have full-time jobs and tend to work evenings
and weekends. However, there are a range of exciting opportunities
available to new recruits, which include work during the day. A
range of duties are available to fit in with your schedule but you
must complete at least 16 hours duty time a month.
Where can I be a Special
You have a say in where you are
posted as a special – some officers prefer not to work in their
local area whilst others see that as an advantage. We will try and
accommodate your preferences as we value your contribution.