About the Special Constabulary
Who are Specials and what are the benefits?
Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. They have the same powers as regular police officers and wear the same uniform. They are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Wiltshire safe.
Our Specials say they joined up for many different reasons and enjoy numerous, varied benefits.
Benefits of becoming a special constable.
- Competitive edge in the jobs market
- Learn new skills
- Do something new and exciting
- Gain confidence
- Mileage and subsistence costs covered
- Opportunities to be a Special across ALL of Wiltshire
- Use your experience and skills to help prevent crime
- Make a real difference to people's lives
- Lead a more varied and challenging life
- Keep fit and healthy
- Flexible hours to suit you
- Gain knowledge of law and order
- Meet new people
...and much more!
We need people with strong communication skills who act with confidence coupled with a responsible attitude.
We are looking for people who:
► Stay calm in a crisis
► Communicate clearly
► Resolve disputes sensitively and appropriately
► Think laterally and solve problems
► Plan and take the initiative
► Are tolerant and work well in a team
► Are honest, fair and impartial
► Act with integrity
► Treat people with respect and courtesy
► Are resilient
► You can find out more about our eligibility criteria by clicking here
► The satisfaction of supporting and policing your community.
► The opportunity to learn new transferable skills and gain valuable experience.
► The opportunity to work in a professional environment, supported by up-to-date training and knowledge.
► A chance to challenge yourself and show what you are capable of.
► A chance to gain a real competitive edge, meaning you are well placed in the employment market.
► An opportunity to learn about the police before committing to a job within the service.
► You can grow in self-confidence and may discover personal strengths not previously recognised.
► You can improve your communication and problem solving skills.
► You will learn a great deal about your community
► You can develop new contacts and associations
Once you have been trained and have practical experience you will be able to take on more responsibility as a special. Training is available on an ongoing basis and therefore should you want to be promoted up the ranks this is achievable as your experience and skills develop. This means that you will constantly be faced with new challenges and the opportunity to acquire new skills.
As a special constable you can make a direct contribution to your local community. You will help fight crime and forge stronger connections between the police and the people they serve.
The truth is that we are all capable of far more than we know and becoming a special is one of the best ways to learn new transferable skills and develop untapped potential. You will face exciting challenges, acquire valuable skills that will assist in your personal and career development, and you can take pride in your achievements and bolster your self-respect and confidence.
Out on patrol, you will deal with situations and people you would probably never encounter in your day-to-day life. Most of all, you will get to see the real impact of crime on people's lives and the extraordinary power you have as an individual to make a real difference. Being a special is both exciting and rewarding and for many it is a life-changing decision. Whatever your plans, you will find working as a member of the wider police service, alongside regular officers of all ranks, police staff and other volunteers, an exciting and rewarding experience.
Specials are rightly proud of the amazing work they do. Going out onto the streets to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour helps increase public safety and maintain community confidence. It makes neighbourhoods better places to live, it helps young people make positive choices in their lives and it helps specials become more confident and respected members of their communities.