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.
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.
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; the Local Response Special Constable and the Safer Community Team Special Constable.
Safer Community Team Special Constable: The Safer Community Special Constable is a more community-focused role. As a Safer Community Team Special Constable you will be the visible presence in an area, working within the local Safer Community Team, which includes other Special Contsbles, regular officers and PCSOs.
Please see further details here.
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 are eligible to become a Special Constable.
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).
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.
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!
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!
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!
Please see the eligibility section of our website
Special Constables come from all walks of life and join up for various different reasons. They include:
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.