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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.

How do I apply?

Before you start your application, please read through the application guide to familiarise yourself with the process and the demands of the role of a Special Constable. Once you have read this take a look at our applying page for more information about the application process..

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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