With a long and impressive history the Special Constabulary is a part-time, volunteer body consisting of officers who wear the same uniform and have the exact same policing powers as regular officers.
As a Special Constable, you'll work alongside our regular officers, forging strong partnerships in the community, patrolling our streets, preventing crime and interacting with all kinds of people.
A Special Constable can act as a positive force for change - bringing with them an extensive pool of skills, talents, experience, local knowledge and diverse backgrounds - as well as enhancing the overall level of service provided by the police.
In the role you can expect to be involved in:
Ensuring public safety
Assisting at the scene of accidents, fires or incidents, helping to control situations and ensuring that people are safe.
Providing security and crowd control at major public events – preventing injuries and disorder.
Carrying out high-visibility foot patrols to deter and detect criminals.
Educating businesses and the community about crime and how to avoid it.
Talking to school children about crime reduction and community safety to help them stay safe and make the right choices.
Confronting anti-social behaviour on the streets such as gangs or intimidating behaviour.
Managing alcohol-related incidents such as public drunkenness or violence.
Enforcing road safety laws in local communities.
Conducting house-to-house enquiries to gather information and support larger enquiries.
Involvement in police operations to disrupt and arrest offenders.
Visiting victims of crime to gather evidence to progress an investigation.
Write your own statements, use Police systems and present evidence in court to support the justice system in prosecuting offenders.
See a different world
Out on patrol, you will deal with situations and people you would probably never encounter in your day-to-day life. Most of all, you will get to see the real impact of crime on people’s lives and the extraordinary power you have as an individual to make a real difference. Being a Special is both exciting and rewarding and for many it is a life changing decision. Whatever your plans, you will find working as a member of the police service, alongside regular officers of all ranks, police staff and other volunteers, an exciting and rewarding experience.