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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.

pdf icon Special Constable Role Profile [56kb]

pdf icon Special Sergeant Role Profile [43kb]

pdf icon Special Inspector Role Profile [70kb]

pdf icon Special Chief Inspector Role Profile [43kb]

Special Constables work across a variety of policing teams, and can do everything that a regular police officer does, including:

  • visible patrols in police vehicles and on foot
  • roads policing initiatives
  • searching people, vehicles and premises
  • investigating crime, arresting suspects, taking statements from witnesses
  • policing major events such as festivals and football matches
  • tackling local issues, ie anti-social behaviour, harassment, etc.

After initial training Special Constables will be attached to a Tutor Constable for approximately 9-12 months. During this time they will complete a personal development portfolio covering various aspects of policing.

Once this is completed the Special Constable will be signed off for independent patrol.

For those officers who commit the time and dedication there are many opportunities available, and they will be able to apply to work with the following teams when vacancies are available:

  • Patrol: these are the frontline, uniformed teams that respond to 999 and 101 calls, as well as pro-actively patrolling and dealing with any crime they come across.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods Teams: these teams are based at local police stations across the the West Mercia policing area. They deal with community issues, anti-social behaviour and long-term problems in specific areas.
  • Operational Policing Units: these contain Roads Policing Officers, Authorised Firearms Officers and Dog Handlers working on the frontline as well as being deployed with pre-planned operations.
  • Criminal Investigation Department: this consists of plain clothes officers dealing with burglaries, serious violent incidents, sexual crimes and the management of prolific offenders.
  • Police Support Units: these are the public order units that support other police services at football matches, protests and marches, etc. They also respond to incidents of major disorder.