Special constables are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers. Specials spend approximately four hours a week supporting the police to tackle crime in their communities. (Duty hours may vary from force to force.)
Specials are recruited locally by all 43 Home Office police forces in England and Wales. They work in partnership with regular officers and the wider policing family, such as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
The basic requirements are:
You must not:
It is hard, demanding work - but from your first time on duty you will see the impact you are having. It is also extremely varied, and you could easily find yourself doing any of the following:
To become a Special Constable you must first apply through your local police force.
Read a copy of there Application Guide for the full details and to check your eligibility.
Step 1: Make an initial application through the Essex Police Website
Step 2: You will be invited to an assessment centre to complete a fitness test, competency based interview and take 4 written exams. Results will be posted within two weeks
Step 3: Pre-Employment checks will take place, you will need to attend a medical examination, provide DNA and fingerprints, provide information about yourself and attend an induction day.
Step 4: To become a Special Constable you must undertake 20 days of classroom based training before you can be attested. This can be done either as an intensive course which is Monday to Friday over 4 weeks, or on alternative weekends for 20 weeks.
Step 5: After 20 days of training you will be attested in front of a Magistrate and receive your warrant card, plus full policing powers.