Have you got what it takes to be a Special Constable? Specials, as they re known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries, or from many other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four and a quarter hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular police and the local community.
Specials have the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment including handcuffs and baton. This is coupled with an understanding of the law and the teaching of various police procedures from the use of Captor Incapacitant Spray to self defence. Special Constables play an integral role in community policing and there is no doubt that their dedication makes a difference to peoples lives.
Becoming a Special will help you to discover a lot about yourself, and you will learn just how much you are really capable of. Aside from the satisfaction and enjoyment of the work itself, you will:
- Learn new skills and abilities
- Have your experiences broadened
- Develop self-confidence
- Improve your communication
- Improve your motivation
- Meet a wide range of people
Confidence with the public, good communication skills, motivated, like meeting people. Interested in your community and policing.