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 midnight on Sunday 16th October. Don't miss your chance, click the button below to submit your application today.


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We are also running  virtual recruitment awareness events on Saturday 24th September at 10am and another on Tuesday 4th October at 6pm . Sign up for either of these events to find out more about the role from those that do it, just click the relevant button below (you only need attend one event).


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What are Special Constables?


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

A welcome from our Special Constabulary Chief Officer Marc Kastner 

"I am Marc Kastner and was appointed to the post of Chief Officer of Devon and Cornwall Special Constabulary in 2013 and I am immensely proud to lead Special Constables in the Force who all serve with pride and demonstrate their commitment to supporting their communities in each duty they perform. I studied Criminology at Portsmouth University and went on to  study law at postgraduate level with Northumbria University."

When I joined in 1998 I was posted to Axminster and enjoyed my time working alongside regular response, neighbourhood officers and PCSOs giving my time to actively engage and support my community. I have worked throughout East Devon leading initiatives and supporting the invaluable working of making policing accessible. I am married to Carol, (a former Metropolitan police officer) and I have two sons. I also work for Devon County Council as a senior manager leading a range of education services supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families and schools."

Follow Marc on twitter for regular updates about our Special Constabulary via the button below.

Become a Special Constable


 For further information please take a look at our "Become a Special Constable" leaflet below.


Leaflet

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:

  • Attending emergency and non-emergency incidents
  • Investigating reported crimes
  • Apprehending, arresting and interviewing suspects
  • Collecting evidence at crime scenes and scene guard 
  • Dealing with accidents and incidents
  • Attend Road Traffic Collisions 
  • 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, Coastguard and others
  • Responding to reports of anti-social behaviour
  • Being a visible presence at large scale public events

What have our Special's been doing?

July & August 2022

182

Number of active officers

12546

Total duty hours

1254

Number of emergency incidents attended

88

Number of arrests made

 
69

Number of Road Traffic Collisions attended

37

Number of stop and searches

22

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
We are open for the recruitment of Special Constables with a start date of 5th March 2023. The initial Registration, Eligibility and Application Form stage closes at midnight on Sunday, 16th October 2022.

The recruitment process can take several months and at times you may have questions or need more information. The recruitment team will guide you through the process and can be contacted for help at any stage.
Awareness Event
You will be invited to attend a Virtual Awareness Event or you can register at anytime by clicking the button at the top of the page.

We strongly recommend you attend as you will hear from serving Special Constables who will talk about their experiences of joining and serving as a Special Constable, as well as how they fit this unique volunteering opportunity into their home and working life. You will have the chance to ask them questions, as well as hear about the recruitment steps and training required.

We run the same event twice and the dates for our next campaign are:

Registration and Eligibility
During this first stage of the process you are required to enter your personal details such as your full name, residential address, and National Insurance number. You will then be asked questions to check your eligibility in line with the national recruitment standards.

If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be progressed to the next stage. If you do not pass this stage as a result of any of your answers, a member of the recruitment team will contact you.
Application Form
The next stage is to complete the Special Constable Application Form, where we ask for further information such as your employment history. 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 as much detail as you can.

  • Closing Date - Registration, Eligibility and submission of Application Form: Midnight on Sunday 16th October 2022.
Reasonable adjustments and Accommodations
You will be asked if you have a disability or learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, which requires a reasonable adjustment. Every request is considered individually, reflecting our understanding that everyone has unique requirements. You may be asked for supporting information in the form of a medical or specialist’s report.
National Sift
When you have received notification that your Application Form has been accepted you will be invited to complete two online assessments which form a Police Assessment known as the National Sift. To complete the assessments you need to register on the Assessment Information Management System (AIMS).

The two exercises, Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ), are designed to assess your potential to perform effectively in the role of a Special Constable, and allow you to demonstrate your suitability to be invited to an interview.

No knowledge of policing or the role of a Special Constable is required to successfully complete this stage. A full explanation and examples can be found in the National Sift Candidate Guidance in the following link - here.

You will have 7 days to complete the assessments from the date you log on to AIMS.
Recruitment and Training Information Event
Those who pass the National Sift will be invited to attend this virtual event. Again, we strongly recommend you attend as this will include information about the structure of the interview, tips on how to prepare including an explanation of the Competency Values Framework (CVF), and more detailed information about the training. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

The event date:
  • Thursday, 10th November 2022: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Force Interview
Those who pass the National Sift will be invited to attend a formal interview. The interview will be held at Devon and Cornwall Police Headquarters and is expected to last approximately 30 minutes. The questions are aimed at exploring your values and motivation to join as a Special Constable, are structured against the role profile for a Special Constable and based on the CVF.

The interview date is:
  • Saturday, 26th November 2022
If you are unable to attend this date we will try to arrange an alternative date for you.

There are no other assessments however, you will be required to attend for approximately 2 hours on the day of your interview . This is because we will ask you to provide a biometric vetting sample (hand and finger prints, and DNA swab) and complete a drugs test (further information below) as well as check your ID documents.
Fitness Test
If successful at interview, you will be required to complete the police Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) which is a critical component of the recruitment and deployment of Special Constables. This test ensures that prospective Special Constables have a minimum level of fitness in order to undertake personal safety training.

As a Special Constable you may find yourself in a variety of physically challenging situations. You will need strength and stamina to deal effectively with these situations as well as be able to defend yourself and others.

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 about the fitness test and some tips to help you prepare, please read our:
Medical Suitability
If successful at interview you will need to be declared medically fit for the role of Special Constable by our Occupational Health Unit (OHU), and required to attend a face-to-face medical appointment where OHU will check the following:
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Eye sight test
  • Colour vision
  • Lung function
  • Hearing
You will be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire. You are advised not to pay for your GP to sign these forms until you know you have been successful at interview. Depending upon your medical history, OHU may need to contact your GP/ specialist for further information.
Background Checks
Vetting – The vetting process is entirely confidential and the outcomes (other than pass/fail) are not shared with anyone else in the organisation (including recruitment, 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 partner's immediate family, including parents Children/children of your partner (age 10 years and over), and any other adult living at your address. Candidates will also 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.

Those with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs) 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 but all are considered on a case-by-case basis. References – We request references from all your previous employers in the last 3 years. If you haven’t been in employment during the last 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 a drugs test. All 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.
Start your journey!
Congratulations! Having successfully completed all stages of the recruitment process you will be issued with your Force Number and start your training on 5th March 2023.