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Could you be a local hero and become a Special Constable?

Special Constables are part time, voluntary police officers who work in some of the most important areas of modern policing. Would you be willing to make a real difference to your community in Staffordshire? If you already have a career but want to work as a Police Officer on a part-time voluntary basis this is the role for you.

As a fully trained Special Constable, you will have full police powers, wear a police uniform and work alongside regular police officers and police staff to reduce crime, help communities and provide investigative assistance.

The Special Constabulary do not get paid but are reimbursed for certain expenses including travel to and from your place of duty, boot allowance and compensation for any loss of earnings if you are required to attend court. The uniform is provided free of charge and includes kit such as radio, baton, handcuffs, Mobile Device and Body Worn Video to help keep you safe.

In return, you will be required to commit a minimum of 16 hours a month, although many people do significantly more as the hours can fit around your work and home life commitments.

Working as a Special Constable you have the chance to make a valuable contribution to your local community, bringing varied skills and experience to the role. You will also have opportunities to progress to Special Sergeant and Special Inspector over time. It is also a great stepping stone for furthering your career, whether in the police or developing your role elsewhere. Many new Special Constables hope to move on to become a regular police officer, either with Staffordshire Police or with another UK force.

How to become a Special Constable

Skills and experience

We need people who are:

  • Good at communicating and working as part of a team.
  • Able to take the initiative to resolve issues.
  • Good at dealing with unpredictable situations in a calm and decisive manner.
  • Community focused and keen to make a positive contribution.

Eligibility

There are some minimum entry requirements you need in order to apply.

Before applying to become a Special Constable, you will need to attend one of our virtual familiarisation events, so that you fully understand the requirements of the role and can be sure it’s for you.

These are held throughout the year (when Special Constable recruitment is open) and information for scheduled events can be found here.

You can find out more about the recruitment process on our eligibility page.

Benefits to being a Special Constable

  • Develop new skills whilst being free to continue your career or other commitments
  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy new experiences
  • Protect people from harm
  • Work with specialist teams, for example road policing, public order and intelligence​

Training and development

The training programme you will receive from Staffordshire Police will help you gain a level of knowledge in law and procedure that will make you an asset to your chosen policing area.

You will be fully trained over nine weekends to give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to handle all situations. Training will include learning:

  • About the police service and the duties of police officer
  • Stop and Search procedures
  • Drugs
  • The powers of arrest / search / enter
  • Theft
  • Criminal damage
  • Public order
  • Airwave radio
  • Domestic violence
  • Custody
  • Road scene management
  • Statements and how to prepare evidence for court
  • All IT systems

Take a look at what our specials have been up to this month:

 

Number of active officers

163

 

 

6,208

total duty hours carried out by Staffs Police specials

 

 

31

arrests made

 

 

8

statements taken

 

 

13

stop and searches complete

 

 

The number of road traffic collisions attended

22

 

 

Vehicles stopped

34

 

Frequently asked questions

A Special Constable is a part time, voluntary Police Officer who works in some of the most important areas of modern policing.

As a fully trained Special Constable, you will have full police powers, wear a police uniform and work alongside regular police officers and police staff to reduce crime, help communities and provide investigative assistance.

Special Constables do everything regular Police Constables do.

Duties vary day-by-day. They can include: responding to incidents, foot patrols, tackling anti-social behavior, assisting on operations, house-to-house enquiries, providing security at events, engaging with local communities and much more.

Special Constables receive high quality training to ensure they are equipped and have all of the necessary skills to perform their duties.

Yes.

PCSOs are salaried uniformed civilian members of police support staff who are employed to work alongside Police Officers.

Special Constables are fully warranted Police Officers who give their time voluntarily to work for the Police.

Yes. You must be 18 to become a Special Constable.

No. Providing you pass our recruitment process, which includes a medical and fitness check.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to apply for this role, instead, we are looking for people with relevant skills and experience to confidently work in local communities on a voluntary basis.

No. The role of Special Constable is voluntary. However, we will cover your travel expenses when travelling to and from shifts (from within the county).

Aside from being one of the most exciting voluntary opportunities available, you will also enjoy benefits from being part of Staffordshire Police including: thousands of pounds worth of training invested in you; ongoing training and development; full uniform and kit the same as a Regular Officer; a career-voluntary opportunity; the chance to specialise in specific areas of policing; and much more!

As a Special Constable you are required to conduct a minimum of 16 hours per month. Many of our Special Constabulary enjoy their duties so much that they volunteer to do many more hours than the minimum. But there is no expectation for this, we are extremely flexible!

No. This is a voluntary role and there is no minimum length of time required. We’re confident that you will enjoy the role of Special Constable, however if you don’t, then you can resign at any time. So if it sounds like the role for you, it really is worth giving it a go!

Please see the eligibility section of our website.

Whilst there are no guarantees, the experience and exposure of being a Special Constable will certainly give you great insight and understanding into what a career as a Police Officer might look like. Many of our Special Constables go on to become regular, fulltime officers and we are always willing to support anyone that wishes to move on.

Applications closed

Applications for Special Constable roles are now closed. Please keep checking our website and social media channels for updates on when we are next recruiting.