Take your first step on a new and exciting journey with us…Register your interest to start your journey!
Once you’ve registered, we will be in contact straight away with the next step. You can find information about eligibility and a step-by-step guide to the journey to become a special below.
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
Select each part of the process below to learn more:
Click 'register your interest' and complete our online application form to begin your journey to becoming a Special Constable today.
Your samples and vetting form will be submitted the day after your assessment centre and usually takes 10 - 15 days to receive your result. You will be informed of your result by email.
Your medical questionnaire will be reviewed the day after your assessment centre and you will be informed of the next step by email. Depending of the information you have declared in your medical form, you may be referred for a telephone or face to face consultation with our medical provider and a final result is usually determined within 8 weeks.
THE NEXT STEP IS THE 'ASSESSMENT CENTRE':
1. OBSERVATION EXERCISE:
A group exercise assessing your interaction with other candidates
2. FITNESS TEST:
A bleep test in which you must reach a minimum level of 5.4 to pass
Click here to view our fitness video
A face to face, double panel interview
4. DNA & BIOMETRICS:
A fingerprint & saliva test
5. DRUGS TEST:
A hair sample is taken and tested for traces of drugs
Begin your training to become a Special Constable.
- 18 Weekends of training (including 5 rest weekends & 5 midweek evening webinars from home)
- Midcourse exam
- Midcourse Observational Shift (Evening)
- Midcourse attestation (Evening)
- End of course exam
- Arrest & Detention
- First Aid
- Officer Safety Training
- Crime Scene Practical
- Burglary, Robbery & Fraud
- Statement Taking
- Mental Health
- And much more...
Once you have completed your 18 week training programme and successfully passed, you will formally reach the status of Accompanied Patrol. This means that you may complete duties whilst accompanied by a Regular Officer and experienced Special Constable.
You will be issued a Personal Development Plan (PDP) and you have 12 - 18 months to complete this plan and reach Independent Patrol status with the help and support from our Specials & Volunteers team. Once you have gained Independent Patrol status, you will then be entitled to patrol independently without a Regular officer and you will also be entitled to take the basic operational driving assessment.
The PDP forms a checklist of competencies that you must evidence before you can be signed off as an Independent officer. For example:
- Alcohol Seizure x2
- Attended a sudden death x1
- Premises Search x1
Once you have completed your training you will also be expected to complete a minimum of 16 hours per month and attend ongoing annual refresher training for Officer Safety Training, First Aid and Continuous Professional Development (CPD). This equates to approximately 7 days per year.
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Thank you for your enquiry. Please check your email for the next steps in becoming a Northants special constable.
If you would like to apply
Come along to one of our Application Awareness Evenings where you will be given advice and guidance about the recruitment process and can chat with the team. These are held across the county and upcoming events are publicised on an ongoing basis - click below for more information.
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