Northants Police

Special Constabulary

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What is a Special Constable?

A Special Constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer, with the same uniform and powers as a regular, fulltime officer, including the power of arrest. They work alongside fulltime officers conducting a wide range of duties. Whilst on duty, you would not know a Special Constable from a regular Constable.

What does a Special Constable do?

Special Constables do everything regular Police Constables do.

Duties vary day-by-day. They can include: responding to incidents; foot patrols; tackling anti-social behaviour; 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.

Are Specials different from PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers)?

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.

Is there minimum age?

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

Is there an upper age limit?

No. Providing you pass our recruitment process, which includes a medical and fitness check, you are eligible to become a Special Constable.

Do Special Constables get paid?

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).

Will I have to spend money to become a Special Constable?

The only cost implication will be for travel to and from your training and duties but this will be reimbursed through expenses at 45p per mile (from within the County border). You will also be provided full training and uniform by the Force.

What are the benefits?

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

How many hours do Special Constables volunteer?

As a Special, you can of course conduct more than the 16 hours per month, indeed many of our Special Constables enjoy their duties so much that they do well in excess of the minimum! But that is of course up to you!

Do Special Constables have to sign up for a minimum term?

No. This is a voluntary role and there is no minimum term. 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 it really is worth giving it a go!

Why do people become Special Constables?

Special Constables come from all walks of life and join up for various different reasons. They include:

  • Giving back to their community;
  • An exciting, dynamic opportunity;
  • A progressive, career-voluntary opportunity;
  • Joining the ‘police family’
  • Challenging yourself;
  • Professional development;
  • Personal development;
  • Meeting new people;

Will becoming a Special Constable help me become a regular, fulltime officer?

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.

Ismail - call centre operative and special constable


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These organisations support our Specials:
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • Northampton Town FC
  • Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
  • The University of Northampton
  • Northamptonshire Acre
  • Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire


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