Special Constables

Date published: 22 August 2019 15:28

Special constables are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment including handcuffs and a baton. They are also required to have an understanding of the law and various police procedures.

Specials come from all walks of life – they could be teachers, taxi drivers, accountants, secretaries – or they may not have another job at all. They volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours-a-month and form a vital link between the police and the local community.

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Special constables are in a great position to help the local community and make it a safer place to live, free from fear. As a special, you get a feeling of achievement and accomplishment at having done something to help others, while supporting regular officers and contributing to the local community.


Becoming a special can help you to discover a lot about yourself. Aside from the satisfaction and enjoyment of the work itself, you will:


• Learn new skills and abilities
• Have your experiences broadened
• Develop self-confidence
• Improve your communication
• Improve your motivation
• Meet a wide range of people


Joining the specials opens up a world of opportunity for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing the training and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and challenge with every day you volunteer.

While we are not currently recruiting for special constables, you can click here to find out about the application process. Keep an eye on our website for announcements for when recruiting is reopened.