Becoming a Special Constable

We are recruiting now for Special Constables!

Be part of something BIGGER!

Recruitment is now open to join our Police Family as a Special Constable. Applications close at midday on Monday 6th June. Don't miss your chance, click the button below to submit your application today.

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We are also running a virtual recruitment awareness event on Thursday 12th May 2022. To sign up to this and find out more about the role from those that do it, click the button below.

Awareness Event

What are Special Constables?

Special constables are volunteer police officers who give their spare time to help the police. This volunteer role gives you the chance to work alongside regular police officers, bring you life skills and experiences and give something back to this beautiful part of the world.

Meet some of our team!

Online recruitment for Special Constables is now open. We are holding recruitment events in Truro on the 18th and 19th May giving you the opportunity to join us to meet serving members of our Special Constabulary. Our Specials will be there to share their experience, tell you how they fit this rewarding and exciting role into their day to day lives and answer any questions you may have. Come along and meet us on one of the following dates to find out more about the role and becoming part of the police family.

Wednesday 18th May: Truro Farmers Market, Lemon Quay 11am – 2pm.

Thursday 19th May: Pydar Pop Up Community Room, 10-11 St. Clement Street, Truro, TR1 1DT - 6 - 7:30pm

You can contact Sarah from our Citizens in Policing team with any enquiries regarding the events via the button below.

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It’s not all glamourous but it is rewarding. You’ll need to be able to give at least 16 hours of your time each month and once trained, you will have the same powers as a regular police officer helping to protect and support the people who live in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Are you an honest, respectful, selfless and motivated person who wants to do something worthwhile in your spare time? Could you be there in someone’s time of need? Are you prepared to make a difference to people’s lives and protect the most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods?

What does a Special Constable do?

Volunteering as a special constable is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse things that you can do in your spare time. Working alongside regular officers and PCSOs, it’s a vital and important role which offers a great sense of pride.

You will be involved in all aspects of policing, enjoying a variety of roles and carrying out duties such as:

  • Acting on emergency calls
  • Investigating reported crimes
  • Apprehending, arresting and interviewing suspects
  • Collecting evidence at crime scenes
  • Dealing with accidents and incidents
  • Supporting victims and protecting the vulnerable
  • Engaging with children and young people to help change perceptions of the police
  • Working with emergency service colleagues from Ambulance, Fire and Rescue
  • Responding to reports of anti-social behaviour
  • Being a visible presence at large scale public events

What have our Special's been doing this quarter?

January 2022 - March 2022


Number of active officers


Total duty hours this quarter


Number of incidents attended


Number of arrests made


Number of Road Traffic Collisions attended


Number of stop and searches


Hours of speed enforcement activity undertaken

A workforce that reflects our communities

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities and females is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

In order to achieve this we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’.

For further information and to register for this scheme please click the button below.

Positive Action

Our current recruitment timeline

Recruitment Window Opens

Thursday 14 April

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
If you have passed the BSQ you will be asked to complete the SJT. This is the final stage of the online process. You will be presented with a number of different situations that you may face as a Special Constable with a choice of different actions that might be taken. You will be asked to identify which action will result in an effective or counterproductive outcome. You will be provided with a feedback report and if you are successful, will be invited to complete an application form.
Behaviour Styles Questionnaire (BSQ)
This questionnaire invites you to review a number of statements and indicate which statement you completely agree with, or completely disagree with, on a sliding scale. In order to progress to the next stage you must pass the BSQ. At the end of this questionnaire you will be advised of the result and provided with a feedback report.
Registration Window Closes

Sunday 6th June at midday

Awareness Events

We hold awareness events that will be available to candidates successful to this stage, to come and meet us, meet Special Constables and chat about the role.

The awareness event on this occasion is on Tuesday 26 April and Thursday 12 May.

Application Form
If you have passed the Situational Judgement test you will be asked to complete an online Application Form which you submit for final eligibility checks. If you have tattoos you will be asked to upload clear photographs and a description. If you have previous convictions, including any speeding offences, please make sure you provide full details.
Assessment Centre
Designed to be rigorous and get the best out of each candidate you will be required to attend an interview. This may be via Microsoft teams, or you may be required to attend Middlemoor HQ, Exeter, in person. Further details will be given nearer the time, dependent on COVID restrictions. These will take place on 25th and 26th June.
We will conduct vetting and background checks, and you will need to pass a fitness test. We will also require you to attend a face to face medical appointment to assess your medical wellbeing. When the pre-requisites have been successfully completed you are issued a shoulder number and offered a start date.
You start your journey
Having completed and been successful, you will then start as a Special Constable and start your training.