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Special Constables

Becoming a Special Constable

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 your life skills and experiences and give something back to this beautiful part of the world.
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

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

We are currently closed for recruitment.

Please note that we cannot progress applications for Special Constables and Police Officers simultaneously. Please go to our FAQ’s for more information about this process.

Special Constable FAQ’s section

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.
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, you will be invited to complete an application form.
Registration Window Closes
We closed our application registration on the 15th February. You will be unable to register after this date.
Application Form
Once you have completed the BSQ and SJT you will be required to complete the online application form.
Assessment Centre/Interview invitation sent

The interviews are scheduled to take place on Saturday, 6th March and Sunday, 7th March 2021. Please note the second date is dependent the number of candidates.

If you are unable to attend the interview date please contact the recruitment team and do not let this deter you from applying as we will do our best to try and arrange an date for you.

Pre-Requisites commence
At this stage, we will conduct vetting checks, background checks and assess your medical wellbeing and you will be offered a start date.
Fitness Test
The police Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) is a critical component of the recruitment and deployment of police officers. The core rational for the test is to ensure that prospective Special Constables have a minimum level of fitness to be able to undertake personal safety training. The fitness test is benchmarked against the aerobic demands of Personal Safety Training (PST) and comprises of an aerobic shuttle run test (15m Multi Stage Fitness Test – 15m MSFT at level 5:4).

For further information and how to prepare for the fitness test please see the Job Related Fitness Information Guide.
Vetting – The vetting process is entirely confidential and the outcomes (other than pass/fail) are not shared with anyone else in the organisation (including trainers, future line managers or fellow trainees) or anyone outside of the organisation (including family).

We will carry out security checks on you and your:
  • Spouse/Partner
  • Father
  • Step father/mother’s partner
  • Mother
  • Stepmother/father’s partner
  • Brothers/sisters (full/half/step)
  • Children/children of your partner (only those age 10 years and over)
  • Any other adult living at your address
  • Financial circumstances – applicants will have their financial status checked

These checks are carried out because Special Constables have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption.

Applicants with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs) or who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application. At least three years will need to have passed since the date of discharge.

Applicants with cautions/convictions/reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted.

References – We send reference requests to all your previous employers in the last 3 years. If you haven’t been employed for 3 years, we will ask for a character reference or an educational reference.

Drugs Testing – As part of the Vetting process you will be required to undergo drugs testing. All drug testing processes are entirely confidential and only the presence of illegal substances will be disclosed to the Force Vetting Unit (by the third party drug testing laboratory). Prescribed medication, including that for individuals with certain disabilities or individuals that may be transitioning, is not tested for in the process. This process generally takes around five weeks to complete.
Start your journey
Having completed and been successful, you will then start as a Special Constable and start your training. The next start date is the 19th July 2021.

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