Special Constables - You Make a Difference!
The Wiltshire Constabulary employs almost 2500 people, consisting of 1200 Police Officers and over 1000 Police Staff plus an additional 180 Special Constables, all committed to the over-arching force aim of Keeping Wiltshire Safe.
Whether managing the scene of a serious assault, patrolling a town centre or working with the Schools Liaison officers, being a Special Constable is a satisfying voluntary role - it's a commitment to yourself and your local community.
Why join the Special Constabulary?
People join for lots of different reasons:
- To help the community
- To make new friends
- To develop a new interest
- With help decide whether they want to join the regular force
Who joins the Special Constabulary?
People from all walks of life and sections of the community. At present we have forklift truck drivers, IT managers, retail assistants and mechanics as Specials. Among our officers are people who work part-time, fulltime, are carers, students or took early retirement.
(Some occupations are prohibited from joining the Special Constabulary including security guards and traffic wardens.)
What do I need?
You need honesty, integrity and a sense of commitment. You must be physically fit with strong interpersonal skills and the self-confidence to deal with a wide variety of people.
You need a permanent right to residency in this Country.
There is no height restriction but you must have a good standard of health.
What commitment do I have to make?
After completion of mandatory training, we ask that you commit yourself to a minimum of 16 hours duty a month, to fit in with your own work / home commitments.
What training and support will I receive?
You will receive comprehensive training in the aspects of law that you need to fulfil your role and also training in First Aid and Officer Safety. You will be provided with a tutor to guide you throughout your probationary period and will always have the back-up of regular officers and colleagues in the Special Constabulary. This training is provided to ensure the safety of yourselves, your colleagues and the public.
What is the selection process?
The first step is to request an application pack. Once an application pack has been received the process that follows is;
- Aptitude Test
- Medical and Fitness
Awareness evenings will be arranged to enable potential applicants to gain an insight into Policing in Wiltshire. There will be opportunities to speak with existing Special Constables and recruitment specialists to find out more about the role, skills required and recruitment process.
What else do I need to know?
Being a special is a satisfying voluntary role - it's a commitment to yourself and your local community
A uniform will be provided and you will be provided with travel and out of office pocket expenses.
How do I find out more?
The Special Constabulary
Telephone: 0845 408 7000
Further details on becoming a Special Constable are available from Police Could You?