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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.

Special Constables in Worcester
Special Constables in Worcester
Special Constables have the same powers as full-time police officers, including the power of arrest. They wear the same uniform and carry the same protective equipment.

They are asked to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month, but can do more if they are able and many Special Constables commit many more hours than this. The role is fully flexible with what times and days they are able to work as Special Constables, and it is designed to fit around 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

    This section contains job profiles and descriptions for Special Constables, Special Sergeants, Special Inspectors and Special Chief Inspectors, as well as listing the teams with which they work.

  • 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 development

    Once candidates successfully complete the Special Constabulary recruitment process and start with West Mercia Police as Special Constables, they will then receive professional police training and be supported with development opportunities throughout their career.

  • The benefits of being a Special Constable

    Special Constables learn about policing, develop new skills, enjoy new experiences, and protect people from harm.

  • Frequently asked questions

    This section contains frequently asked questions about Special Constables.