What is a Special constable?
Special constables are un-paid volunteer police officers who come from all walks of life. They may be at home bringing up a family, in full-time employment, between jobs, a student or retired, but they all give their time for the good of the local community.
Our Specials work alongside neighbourhood policing teams across the county performing the same duties as regular officers. Special constables receive the same high level training and uniform and have the same powers and authority as regular police officers.
The main duties of a Special Constable as part of a neighbourhood policing team include:
- Carrying out local patrols.
- Taking part in crime reduction projects.
- Helping challenge anti-social behaviour.
- Helping police local events.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for keen and enthusiastic people who are seeking a sense of personal fulfilment, and who want to develop their personal and professional skills, to join us as Special Constables.
No formal qualifications are needed so long as you;
- Are honest and reliable.
- Have a positive approach.
- Are able to work as part of a team.
- Are willing to learn new skills.
Applications can be accepted at the age of 18. There's no upper age limit for applying to be a Special Constable but bear in mind that the normal
retirement age for a Special Constable is 60.
You must also meet certain health and fitness requirements and pass a fitness test as well as be a national of a country within the European Economic Areas (EEA), or have the right to live in the UK without restrictions and be competent in written and spoken English and numeracy.
A Special Constable is asked to work a minimum of four hours per week in a single shift but the working hours are flexible so that you can give more time if you can spare it. Some local companies actively support staff who wish to be a Special Constable by allowing them to undertake some of their police duties during their normal working time.
“I have been a Special for over a year now and I am currently acting as a Special Sergeant.”
“I have found the role challenging but also very rewarding. I would love to become a regular officer as soon as possible and being a Special has given me a real insight into the job.”
Michal Nurek, Acting Special Sergeant
Your commitment – the low down
It goes without saying that you will need to be fully committed and able to give your time to train to become a fully qualified Special. You will need to be available to attend training courses over five residential weekends in a nine week period, which will be followed by additional training days.
• It takes an average of six months from application to starting your initial training course.
• Once posted, you will be expected to come on duty for a MINIMUM of four hours every week.
• You will be attached to a neighbourhood policing team who will task you with your duties, according to their neighbourhood priorities.
What’s in it for you?
Joining the Specials can give you a great sense of fulfilment and help you enhance your personal and professional skills.
• As a Special you will have the chance to get involved with the community and make a real difference to people living in Lancashire.
• You will learn all the necessary skills required to be able to patrol independently. You will have full police powers and perform the same duties as
regular police officers.
• You will be part of one of the best police forces in the country, and benefit from working as part of a professional team of police officers.
Fast track leadership
Are you a manager? Do you have leadership skills?
If you are interested in becoming a Special and have leadership experience through your work or life experiences then once you have completed and passed your probationary training there is potential for you to progress quickly to Special Sergeant and Special Inspector posts.
Contact - Office hours Mon-Fri 0900 1700hrs
To contact the recruitment team and request an application pack, please ring: 01772 410359, 01772 410392, 01772 410305, 01772 410324