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The benefits of being a Special Constable

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

The training provides Special Constables with the abilities and confidence to handle even the most difficult of situations. It will include learning:
• about the police service and the duties of a police officer
• the powers of arrest
• common crimes
• personal protection
• how to prepare evidence for court
• personal protection, and
• how to deal with awkward situations or people.

And as a result, Special Constables discover new things about themselves and how much they are capable of.

Fully-trained Special Constables have full police powers, wear a police uniform and work alongside police officers and police staff.

In their work and their behaviour Special Constables will demonstrate that they value our communities and want to protect them from harm.

They are expected to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month, although many people do significantly more. The hours can be flexible to fit around home and work life, and no two shifts will ever be the same.

Special Constables are unpaid volunteers but are entitled to certain allowances, including travel to and from their place of duty, boot allowance and compensation for any loss of earnings if they are required to attend court. The uniform is provided free of charge.

Many new Special Constables hope to move on to become a regular officer, either with West Mercia Police or with another UK force. The experience gained as a Special Constable is invaluable and can be a great stepping stone for furthering a career in the police and developing a role outside the police service.

Being a Special Constable can also be a long-term commitment: there are several Special Constables in West Mercia Police who have completed over ten years' service and have made a real difference to our communities.