A Special Constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer with all the same powers as regular police officers. They are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Hertfordshire safe.
Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month.
They have the same powers as regular police officers and wear the same uniform.
Our Specials say they joined for many different reasons, including supporting the communities they live in and having the chance to enjoy numerous, varied benefits.
Most Specials work alongside colleagues on Intervention (999 response) teams across the county.
Other duties can be carried out at events such as football matches, special operations and there are opportunities to work within specialist teams such as the Roads Policing Unit (RPU), the rural policing teams, Bail and Warrants, Public Protection Unit (PPU), Safeguarding and Case Investigation Team (CIT).
As a Special Constable you will be aligned to a regular team. You will be assigned a coach who will be a paid police officer working a five week shift pattern comprising of early, late and night shifts. You will need to work with your coach to match up their shifts with your availability and join them on duty.
As a Special Constable, your duties will mainly involve:
Responding to and attending emergency calls from the public.
Carrying out arrests or reporting individuals for offences.
Conducting searches of individuals and their property.
Providing initial support to victims and witnesses and assessing their need for further support.
Ordinary people make extraordinary Specials
Could you make a difference in your community by becoming a Special Constable?