Special Constabulary

Special Constables are needed in all of the Operational Command Units (OCUs) covered by Hampshire Constabulary. As a volunteer, a Special Constable has the same powers as a regular officer.

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What is a Special Constable?

Special Constables are volunteers who work closely with regular officers to help police their communities. They have the same powers as a regular police officer and wear the same uniform. They are given proper training for the role and gain a thorough grounding in many aspects of police work before they are expected to carry out any police duties.

What would I be expected to do as a Special Constable?

Duties include:

  • Neighbourhood policing
  • Foot patrol
  • Helping to tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Road Safety initiatives
  • House to house enquiries
  • Helping safeguard public safety and security at local or major events.

How much training is there and when does it take place?

Hampshire Constabulary has recently introduced a new training course for Special Constables called the Gateway Programme. This is a module-based pre-join qualification which has to be completed before successful applicants can officially join the force. It is delivered in-house through a mixture of distance learning (workbooks) and some classroom training (workshops) at no cost to Special Constables. You will complete the workbooks in your own time and, when completed, book yourself onto the relevant workshops. These will be available at different times on weekends and during evenings to meet a variety of needs.

The Gateway course will cover:

  • Learning about the police service and the duties of a police officer
  • Criminal Justice system
  • Police powers
  • Basic offences
  • Public order related offences
  • Traffic
  • Public protection

When you join the Special Constabulary upon completion of the gateway course, the subsequent foundation training will focus entirely on practical operational skills. You will then join your colleagues at the front line fully trained and deployable.

How much time would I be expected to give?

Specials volunteer at least four hours per week or 16 hours per month of their spare time.

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What are the benefits of becoming a Special Constable?

New experiences: You can expect to enjoy much of the variety that comes with police work. You might find going out on patrol a welcome change from your usual working day.

New people: You will be working as one team and the experiences you share in working closely together can lead to lasting friendships. You will learn more about life and human nature than most people will ever see.

New skills: You’ll learn new and develop existing skills, like problem solving, negotiating, decision making, coping with pressure, communications and interpersonal skills. These skills will help you not simply as a Special but in your daily life, as well as in your current (or future) workplace.

Self-discovery: As a Special you’ll discover a lot you did not know about yourself and just how much you are really capable of. You’ll develop self-respect and self-confidence, and you’ll earn the right to feel pride in having played your part to make your community united and stronger in the fight against crime.

What is the recruiting process?

There are a number of stages in the recruiting process:

Request, complete and return the application form.

  • If you meet the initial criteria you will be invited to an assessment centre which involves a written test, a situational judgement test and an interview.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to vetting (including Financial), a medical questionnaire, and references.

When might I start?

You will be able to start on the Gateway programme when you have been successful through the recruiting stages (completion of the assessment centre). As the training in form of the Gateway Programme has to be completed before you can join the force, your actual start date depends on how long it takes you to complete the course, which may vary from candidate to candidate.

Further information

More information can be found at www.youdrawtheline.co.uk or you can call the Recruiting Department on 023 8074 5315.

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