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 11.55pm on Sunday 24th October. Don't miss your chance, click the button below to submit your application today.
We are running a virtual awareness event on Thursday 14th October where you can find out more about the role from our recruitment team, and those currently in the job. To sign up for this, click the button below.
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.
We are open for recruitment now!
We are now open for recruitment to join our police family as a Special Constable. You have until 11.55pm on Sunday 24th October to apply via the link below. Before submitting your application please ensure you have read all of the information on these pages and on the FAQ page. We are running a recruitment awareness event on 28th September from 6pm - 7pm. To register for this, please click the button below.
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?
July - September 2021
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.
Our current recruitment timeline
Monday 13th September
We open for registration in a recruitment campaign and those that have expressed their interests are notified.
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.
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.
Sunday 24th October at 11.55pm
Usually a month after the recruitment window opens, we close our application registration.
Tuesday 28th September & Tuesday 12th October
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.