Special constables

Police officers walking in pairs

Special constables are volunteer police officers.

They come from all walks of life including:

  • Teachers
  • GPs
  • Project managers
  • Directors
  • Retailers
  • Police control room operators 

and bring a vast range of skills and experience.

What's being a special constable like?

All special constables spend their time on emergency response when they first join us. You'll provide a police presence in town centres on Friday nights, respond to domestic violence incidents, and help people who are going through a mental health crisis.

It's a 24/7 service. That means we're looking for volunteers to help around the clock including weekends and during the holidays.

What are we looking for?

You need to be 18 years old or over. There's no upper age limit.

We actively encourage applications from those who already have a career and are seeking a sense of personal fulfilment, have transferrable skills and can offer compassion.

What do we offer?

As a special constable you'll build on your existing skills and develop new ones. You'll have the chance to progress through a rank system.

You'll play a vital role in achieving our purpose: Keeping people safe and feeling safe.

What commitment will you need to make?

You'll need to commit to at least 16 hours per month.

We ask you to provide your time and expertise without financial reward. You can claim travel expenses to and from your place of volunteering though and sometimes a meal allowance.

You'll also need to attend extra training days and you may need to go to court to give evidence.

What training will you receive?

You'll receive the same standard of training as regular police officers. You'll also have the same powers, equipment and uniform.

Find out more about training.


If you're looking to become a regular police officer please see our police officer recruitment pages. Joining as a Special is not a direct route to becoming a paid police officer.