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What our Specials love about the role

We caught up with some of our dedicated Special Constables to see what they love about their role. We have more than 480 Specials in Essex Police, we're the fastest growing Special Constabulary in the UK as well as the second largest. 

Our Specials come from all walks of life and have signed up for many different reasons, including wanting to help keep their community safe and wanting to gain an insight into policing.

Hear more from some of our Specials below and apply online to join us:

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  • SC Abi Harman

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Abi Harman, I'm 23 and I'm a police staff member

    How long have I been a Special?

    It was my one year anniversary as a Special earlier this month

    Why I applied to become a Special?

    I saw so many regulars in my day job and I wanted to find out more about their roles 

    What do I love about being a Special?

    I've met some great people since joining up. I've had some great experiences and I've not looked back ever since. It's so different to my day job where I'm in an office all day, every shift brings something different.

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    It's such a valuable experience and one that enables you to give back to others
  • SC Mithun Thampi

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Mithun Thampi, I’m 33 and I’m a charge nurse in A&E

    How long have I been a Special?

    I’ve been a Special for nine months in Basildon

    What do I love about being a Special?

    I was always wondering when I used to see police cars drive past on blue lights, I was also intrigued as to where they were going to and what they were going to attend. So now, I go with them and sometimes I get the chance go on blue lights to see what exactly happens and be a part of it.

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    If you are planning to join the regulars or the Special Constabulary, just don’t think twice and go and do it. I’ve loved it the last nine months, the training was amazing and I’ve worked with some amazing people who have given me so many life skills
  • SC Charlie Thompson

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Charlie Thompson, I’m 22 and I’m an Insurance Broker

    How long have I been a Special?

    I’ve been a Special for just under a year now in Chelmsford and Maldon

    Why I applied to become a Special?

    To protect and improve the community while enjoying the job and meeting fellow colleagues

    What do I love about being a Special?

    The reason I love being a Special is because I’m making a difference in the community where I live and work

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    Crack on and do it and you won’t look back
  • SC George Longhurst

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is George Longhurst, I’m 19 and I’m a Customer Assistant in Lidl.

    How long have I been a Special?

    Since November 2018 in Chelmsford and Maldon

    Why I applied to become a Special?

    I hope to become a regular in the future and wanted to see what the  role is about, after my first shift I already knew it was what I wanted to do, and now I’m looking to get as much experience and confidence as possible.

    What do I love about being a Special?

    The thing I love about being a Special is it’s different every day. I love assisting regular constables as I want to be one myself.

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    Before you think about applying for the role, consider that it’s different every day. Make sure it’s 100% what you want to do, once you’re in you will see and do things that not many other people get the opportunity to do
  • SC Sophie Johnson

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Sophie Johnson, I’m 26 and I am a team manager working in insurance

    How long have I been a Special?

    Since January 2019 in Harwich

    Why I applied to become a Special?

    I’ve always wanted to do policing and then went on a different career path. I hope to be a regular in the future and want to try the role out first

    What do I love about being a Special?

    What I love most about the role so far is it’s very different and you don’t know what to expect on different shifts

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    It’s a brilliant way of stepping your toe into it, it’s a volunteered role and it’s whether or not you are going to like it or not
  • SC Gareth Fient

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Gareth Fient, I’m 24 and I’m a cameraman

    How long have I been a Special?

    I’ve been a Special since November 2018 in Colchester

    What do I love about being a Special?

    What I love about the job is that it’s not all about arresting people, it’s about helping people and working in your community to keep people safe

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    I think that everyone should I apply. If you are thinking of applying, you won’t regret it. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done
  • SC Lauryn Harris

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Lauryn Harris

    How long have I been a Special?

    Since November 2018

    What do I love about being a Special?

    What I love most about the job is working with a close knit police community and knowing that no matter what you do on the job, you’ve either changed or helped people’s lives

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    Definitely do it. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done
  • SC Matthew Lowrie

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Matthew Lowrie, I’m 30 and I’m a musician

    How long have I been a Special?

    I am a Community Special Constable with the Epping Forest District Community Policing Team and I have been in this role since November 2018
     

    Why I applied to become a Special?

    I want to give something back to my community, learn new skills and make a difference in keeping people safe

    What do I love about being a Special?

    What I love about being a Special with Essex Police is that it is one of the most diverse, challenging and rewarding roles that you could ever undertake. No two shifts are the same, you continually develop and learn new skills and you get to go home at the end of a shift knowing that you’ve made a positive and valuable contribution to the safety and security of your community

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    If you’re considering being a Special with Essex Police, I wholeheartedly recommend it. Go for it, it’s brilliant!
  • SC Joe McCann

    My name, age and what I do for a living

    My name is Joe McCann, I’m 21 and I’m a bus driver

    How long have I been a Special?

    Since October 2018 in Clacton

    Why I applied to become a Special?

    I want to become a regular officer and wanted to see what policing was really like while also helping me gain valuable experiences

    What do I love about being a Special?

    I love helping people and helping the community. It’s never the same role and it’s such a nice feeling to help the community where you live

    My advice for someone wanting to get into the Specials

    Just do it. It’s such a great lifestyle and you’ll make a lot of friends. The experience is amazing. Practice for the assessments and research what we do

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