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Special Constables

Becoming a Special Constable

Be part of something BIGGER!

Thank you to everyone who applied to our most recent Special Constable recruitment campaign. For updates and reminders of the timeline for the recruitment process, please check further down the page.

Please keep checking back on this page for details of future campaigns.

To register your interest please click the button below.

Express your interest here

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.
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?

Express your interest to join

Although we are currently closed for recruitment you are able to express an interest ahead of this campaign. By doing so you will be notified by email when we open for recruitment. To register your interest please click the button below.

Express your interest here

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.

Positive Action

Our current recruitment timeline

Recruitment Window Opens

Monday 13th September

We open for registration in a recruitment campaign and those that have expressed their interests are notified.

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, will be invited to complete an application form.
Registration Window Closes

Sunday 24th October at 11.55pm

Usually a month after the recruitment window opens, we close our application registration.

Awareness Events

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.

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.
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.

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