Please note that we have no further recruitment information.
We are not open for applications and therefore application packs are not available. This will next be reviewed in August 2013.
Becoming a special constable is a big commitment but is ultimately very rewarding.
People join because they feel they have something to give and have a real desire to make their community a safer place.
It is a challenging but rewarding role that enables people to experience real-life situations not normally encountered by the majority of the population.
Teachers, bus drivers, nurses and postal workers are just some of the people who have taken up the challenge and are part of the Special Constabulary across Devon and Cornwall.
Being first on the scene of a road collision, making an arrest, patrolling on a busy Friday night and writing statements are a few of the challenges a special constable can face.
Special constables work alongside regular officers to deal with local policing issues and help prevent crime and disorder. They play a crucial role in forging stronger links between the police and the community.
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.
The recruitment process consists of a formal assessment centre, fitness test, swimming assessment, criminal and financial vetting.
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.