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Becoming a Special Constable

Type: Emotional / social support, Information / advice

Location: All of Plymouth

We are open for recruitment now!

Have you ever wanted the opportunity to give something back to your community, whilst developing transferable skills that will benefit you in your personal and professional life? Then becoming a Special Constable is the perfect opportunity for you!

What is the Special Constabulary?

The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work alongside, and support, their local police.


  • Specials are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers.
  • Specials spend a minimum of 16 hours per month, or more, supporting the police to tackle crime in their communities
  • Specials are recruited locally by all police forces in England and Wales
  • Specials work in partnership with regular officers and the wider policing family.

What does a Special Constable do?

Specials take part in front-line police work. They spend most of their time on the streets, doing intelligence-based patrols in crime hotspots or taking part in crime-prevention initiatives.

This could mean anything from keeping town centres safe at night through to conducting house-to- house enquiries or helping prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of crime. It’s hard, demanding work, but from your first day on duty, you’ll see the impact you’re having.

You will be able to specialise too! After you have completed your training and are proficient in your core role, there are plenty of specialisms you could move into such as a dedicated Traffic Special Constable and many others.

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