What is a Special?
Special Constables are just that - special.
They’re people who give up their free time to work with the
police to improve the communities in which they live and work.
Special Constables have full police
powers, uniforms and equipment but sacrifice their free time on a
voluntary basis, organising their busy personal lives, day jobs and
other commitments around police duties.
What would I do?
- Make our communities and its people safer by supporting the
- Improve public confidence and support victims by detecting and
- Improve communication with communities by providing an
important link between them
- Assist the force with many aspects of policing, from
high-visibility patrols to traffic operations, counter-terrorism
and community safety
- Make Essex a safer place by working with colleagues to bring
those responsible for crime to justice, from arrest through to
What would I gain from being a Special?
- Make a difference to communities and people
- Build your confidence
- Develop new skills in a unique and challenging role
- Gain opportunities for promotion in a rank structure mirrored
to the regulars
- Explore opportunities to progress in specialist policing
What do I need to be a Special?
- To be at least 18 years old at the start of your training
- Commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month for operational
duties plus mandatory training duties
- Meet the required fitness standard
- Commit to the initial training
requirements of 20 days
For a full list of the entry criteria please view our
How do I apply?
Before you start your application, please read through the
guidance to familiarise yourself with the process and the
demands of the role of a Special Constable.
Once you have read this please visit our 'Applying' page.
I would like to speak to someone before I apply...
You can arrange for a member of the Corporate Recruitment team
to speak to you via the 'Request a Call Back' form in the 'Applying' section.
You can attend a Recruitment Information Event at Police
Headquarters. These run every month and are your opportunity to
meet members of the Special Constabulary to find out more about the
role. These are listed on our 'Events'
You can come and meet us at one of our divisional drop in
centres. These are advertised on Facebook and
Twitter and are listed
on the 'Events' page.