About Special Constables

Date published: 07 December 2018 12:20

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.

Why become a Special?

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.

Interested in Applying?

Now you know a little more about Specials and their role, click here to find out about the application process.