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What you need

Have you got what it takes to become a Special Constable in the twenty-first century? 

To be a Special Constable, you need to be:

  • 18 years and over
  • a British citizen, citizen of the Irish Republic, European Economic Area (EEA), Commonwealth or other foreign national whose stay in the UK is unrestricted
  • a resident in the UK for at least three years
  • able to perform a minimum monthly average of 16 hours' duty, agreed around your availability
  • successful in the police vetting process

Medical and physical assessment

You need to:

  • be in good health mentally and physically to undertake police duties
  • be given a satisfactory medical clearance by the force medical officer
  • provide your medical history
  • undertake a fitness test which consists of Endurance Fitness (Multi-stage shuttle run) 4 shuttles at level 5 (5/4)

You need to have:

  • a corrected distance visual acuity of 6/12, in either eye and 6/6 or better with both eyes together
  • a corrected low contrast distance visual acuity of 6/12 or better for a 10% contrast target with both eyes together
  • a corrected near static visual acuity of 6/9 or better with both eyes together

Personal life

If you have minor convictions or cautions you may still be able to join the police service, although there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible.

There are a number of jobs that are considered incompatible with the role of a special constable, including armed forces, fire service and the security industry. 

You will need to declare your occupation during the initial stages and you will be contacted if there are any issues.

You must adhere to the policing code of ethics and you must be prepared to avoid any conduct likely to bring the Constabulary into disrepute and to limit personal activities, for example, not taking an active role in politics.

Equal Opportunities

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and will do all we can to make reasonable adjustments.

Let us know if you have a disability and the type of adjustment which you might need to enable you to apply for and do the job.

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups including those who are transgender, gay, lesbian, female or from an ethnic minority group.

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    Last updated: 21 May 2018