Special Constables

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.

Would you like to police your local community?

Many people in Cheshire regularly put their spare time to good use by becoming Special Constables.

Specials, as they’re known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries, or from many other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four and a quarter hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular police and the local community.

Specials have the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment including handcuffs and baton. This is coupled with an understanding of the law and the teaching of various police procedures from the use of Captor Incapacitant Spray to self defence.

Special Constables play an integral role in community policing and there is no doubt that their dedication makes a difference to peoples lives.

What’s so special about being a Special?

Every Special Constable's presence offers essential and much valued support to the regular officers. It is important to remember however, that Specials exist, not as a substitute for the regular police, but as an important complement to the existing force and to the local community.

The range of duties you may be involved in are considerable. You will be in a position to help regular officers in day to day tasks, helping out across a range of local events such as fetes, shows and the planning of various operations or patrolling towns and cities with others or on your own. The work of the police is extremely varied and as such, your experiences will reflect this.

The work requires real skill and determination and the training provided prepares them for all eventualities.

You will be working as part of a team and the experiences you share by working closely together can lead to lasting friendships. You will learn more about life and human nature than most people will ever see.

All Specials work towards independent patrol status, they will initially patrol with other specials or regular officers until they have proven that they can handle different situations.

What's in it for you?

As a Special Constable you are in an unrivalled position to help the local community and make it a safer place to live, free from fear. 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.

Becoming a Special will help you to discover a lot about yourself, and you will learn just how much you are really capable of. Aside from the satisfaction and enjoyment of the work itself, you will:

  • Learn new skills and abilities
  • Have your experiences broadened
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Improve your communication
  • Improve your motivation
  • Meet a wide range of people

Joining the Specials opens up a world of opportunity 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 with every day you volunteer.


Once you have the right training and practical experience, Specials can take on more responsibility. The rank structure within the Special Constabulary allows promotion which will provide opportunities for you to take on more, ensuring that you are constantly challenged and developing your skills. As with regulars, promotion is achieved through good performance, dedication to duty and evidence of leadership qualities.

Employer Support

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.

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