Special Constables

Being a volunteer police officer is a unique opportunity to do something special both for yourself, your community and your employer.

This exciting and enjoyable role gives you invaluable experiences and training that you can use throughout your life to achieve your personal or professional goals.

Join the Special Constabulary

Cheshire's Special Constabulary regularly holds awareness seminar for prospective applicants.

To find out when the next available seminar is, visit the Current Vacancies page.

Why Join Us?

As a Special Constable you help the local community and make it a safer place to live. You will get a feeling of achievement and accomplishment at having done something to help others, while supporting regular officers and contributing to the local community.

What skills our volunteer police officers can evidence throughout their lives…

  • Conflict management
  • Prioritisation of demand
  • Leadership
  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Crisis management
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving
  • An understanding of the law
  • Decision making
  • The delivery of objectives.

Becoming a Special will help you to discover a lot about yourself. You will learn just how much you are really capable of.

How will the role benefit me?

  • Understand more about real life in your area
  • Increase your circle of friends
  • Feel valued and wanted
  • Have much more variety in your life
  • Become part of something bigger
  • Face new challenges and opportunities
  • Learn to physically defend yourself and deal with conflict
  • No two days will ever be the same
  • Gain a real sense of achievement
  • Gain confidence.

Joining the Specials opens up a world of opportunities for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing the training and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and challenge every day you volunteer.

Employer Supported Policing

Many companies have policies in place whereby staff who volunteer are allowed additional paid leave to carry out their volunteer duties.

This is in recognition of the additional skills a volunteer develops in communicating with people, having the ability to deal with the unexpected, to work as part of a team and show commitment.

Employers feel volunteering provides their staff with transferable skills such as effective negotiation, decision making and problem solving, as well as ensuring motivated and loyal employees.

You can contact the Recruitment Team at HQ to see if your employer is on the Employer Support List or if you are an employer or work within the HR team, why not consider recognising volunteering opportunities as part of your corporate/social responsibilities policy.

Further information

For any information about the role of a special constable, please email mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk