Your journey begins here
People join the Special Constabulary as a volunteer police officer for many different reasons. Some want to develop their skills and life experiences, others want to give something back to their community, and some people are looking for a challenge outside of their day-to-day life.
Becoming a volunteer police officer opens up a world of opportunity for professional and personal development. Undergoing the training and then performing the role of a police officer is challenging and rewarding and provides a welcome break from day-to-day life.
Although you won't be paid, your training and duties will give you unique experiences, new and valuable skills, plus a tremendous sense of achievement of doing something worthwhile for your community. We pay expenses so you will not be out of pocket for giving your time to us.
Benefits of becoming a Special Constable
You will find the work of a volunteer police officer varied, interesting and at times, exciting. But above all you will have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to reduce crime, disorder and fear in Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly.
- Gaining confidence
- Developing teamwork and problem-solving skills
- Learning and development opportunities that would bring a competitive advantage in the employment market
- Widening your life experiences
- Forming lasting friendships
- Keeping the people and communities of Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly safe
All Special Constables will undertake the National Initial Learning for Special Constables (IL4SC) programme. It provides Special Constables with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviors to perform operational duties to ensure you are safe and lawful when you hit the streets.
What does training consist of?
Successful completion will be required prior to attestation, this is where you swear an oath in front of the magistrate. The final unit of phase two training will include attestation by a magistrate, after which a trainee Special Constable will become a warranted officer.
This checklist covers a broad range of basic Policing tasks and is usually completed within six months from the end of phase 2. It is a mandatory requirement that a Special Constable will work for 16 hours minimum per month. Once the tutored phase is complete a Special Constable will be considered safe and lawful for Accompanied Patrol (PAC1).