Devon and Cornwall Police are currently closed for the recruitment Special Constable’s. Therefore, we will not be processing any eligibility forms or issuing any new application forms at this time.
For applicants who have completed an eligibility form and are in receipt of an application form, your completed applications must be returned by 22 October 2013 for inclusion in the remainder of the process, as laid out in the pre-application document below. Applications received after this date will be held for inclusion in future campaigns.
Special Constable Pre Application Document
Please return completed application forms to –
Special Constable Campaign,
People Services Centre (Resourcing),
Could you be a special constable?
Special constables perform operational duties, working closely with regular officers and undertaking similar roles. They are not paid for their time but have agreed expenses or allowances.
Specials are issued with the same equipment and a similar uniform as regular officers and have equal powers. In return for their commitment - a minimum of 16 hours per month - special constables receive training and support to enable them to carry out their role effectively.
Initial training takes place at police headquarters in Exeter and consists of 12 and a half weekends, (Friday to Sunday) over a six month period. New recruits are given the same training as regular officers in the use of baton, Quick Kuff, Captor spray and first aid. They are also introduced to criminal law and police powers and develop skills in communication, team building and decision making.
New recruits to the Special Constabulary undergo a probation period of two years. Development is actively encouraged and special constables can take on more responsibilities and duties as they learn new skills and gain further practical experience.
To be a special constable, you will need to be honest, have integrity and ensure you have the drive and commitment to volunteer your time on a regular basis.