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What is a Special Constable?

Special Constables are volunteers who are fully warranted police officers. They are trained and equipped to deal with some of the toughest challenges the police service has to face.

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Special Constables
As a Special Constable you will have the same powers as full-time police officers, including the power of arrest. You will wear the same uniform and carry the same protective equipment.

You will be asked to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month, but you can do more if you are able and many Special Constables commit many more hours than this.

The role is fully flexible with what times and days you are able to work as a Special Constable, and it is designed to fit around your family life, work and other commitments.

Click on the links below to learn more about the teams with which Special Constables work, the history of the Special Constabulary, training and development, the benefits of volunteering, and frequently asked questions.

  • Roles and responsibilities

    These profiles detail the job purpose, responsibilities and personal qualities required for Special Constables, Special Sergeants, Special Inspectors and Special Chief Inspectors.

  • History of the Special Constabulary

    The Special Constabulary in the British Isles has its origins hundreds of years before regular, paid police forces were established.

  • Training and ongoing development

    If you successfully complete the recruitment process, you will be offered to start with West Mercia Police as a Special Constable. You will then receive professional police training and be supported with development opportunities throughout your career.

  • The benefits of being a Special Constable

    As a Special Constable you will learn about policing, develop new skills, enjoy new experiences, and meet new people.

  • Frequently asked questions

    This section contains frequently asked questions about Special Constables.