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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 regular force
  • Improve public confidence and support victims by detecting and investigating crime
  • 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 conviction

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 roles

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 application guide.

Making an application

Once you have carefully read all the information in our application guide, you can register your interest in joining Essex Police using the form below.
 
We in Essex Police are looking for committed and talented individuals to become Special Constables. If you wish to apply please complete your contact details below. When we receive your completed registration of interest, we will send you a link to the online application form.

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 page or come and meet us at one of our divisional drop in centres. These are advertised on Facebook and Twitter .
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Equality information
We like, where possible to recruit local people, with local knowledge, so we can increasingly reflect the wonderfully diverse communities we serve. Essex Police wants to meet the aims and commitments set out in its equality policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce.

We would be grateful if you would complete the below questions. The information you provide will stay confidential and will be stored securely and only available to the organisation’s Human Resources section.
What is your age?:*







Do you have a disability?:*



The Equality Act defines a person as having a disability if he or she 'has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.'
How would you describe your ethnic origin?:*






What is your gender?:*



What is your sexual orientation:*





Is your gender identity the same as it was at birth?:*


Thank you for completing the above information. Below is eligibility criteria which you must meet before applying. Please complete and submit this form. The information will be reviewed and if we need further clarification you will be contacted within 2 business days.
Eligibility
If you would like further information on these questions, please refer to the ‘Becoming a Special Constable in Essex’ recruitment guide.
I am a British, Commonwealth, European Economic Area (EEA) citizen or have an indefinite right to stay in the UK:*

I have resided in the UK for a period of three years immediately prior to this application:*

I have read through the medical requirements for this role and can confirm I am medically fit for the role:*

Common occurrences of medical fails include:
  • Not being clear from having taken anti-depressants for 2 years and leading a normally stressful life prior to application.
  • Body Mass Index outside normal range - 18 to 30 (whilst this will not mean you have failed, it will require further information, investigation and assessment and could result in your application being put on hold or rejected)
We will consider all applications on an individual case basis, however, please do consider this before embarking on the application process.
I meet the required fitness standard for the role (Bleep Test level 5.4 of a 15 metre track):*

Do you have tattoos on your hands, neck or face?:*

(All tattoos must be covered by a police shirt and must not cause offence.)
Will your current employment pose a conflict of interest to the role of a Special Constable?:*

Ineligible roles include; Highways Agency traffic officers, private detectives, members of private security organisations (whether directors or employees) including security personnel, guards, door staff and may include prison custody officers.
Are you registered bankrupt, subject to CCJs or IVAs, or been a Director of a limited company which has been insolvent:*

Do you have any cautions, reprimands (including traffic convictions) or warnings or final warnings? :*

Do you have any convictions including spent convictions?:*

Have you received a prison sentence, including custodial, suspended or deferred, or served at a Young Offenders Institute or Community Homes:*

Are you 18 years or over:*

I can commit to the full 20 days of foundation training and the 16 operational hours per month after this:*

I understand that failure to declare offences or convictions, or deliberately attempt to conceal or misinform Essex Police will result in my application being withdrawn on grounds of honesty and integrity:*

Do you currently have an open application to become a Police Officer?:*

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As part of the recruitment process you will need to supply references for the past 3 years. We will contact these once you have been successful at assessment centre. All references must be satisfactory before we can offer you a role. If you have applied to, or worked for any police force previously, we will need references to cover the period you worked for them.

We wish you the very best of luck with your application to join the Essex Police Special Constabulary. If you have any questions or concerns, please complete the call back request form and a member of the team will contact you as soon as we can.

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