How to become a special constable
Take your first step on a new and exciting journey with us...Register your interest to start your journey!
Once you've registered, we will be in contact straight away with the next step. You can find information about eligibility and a step-by-step guide to the journey to become a Special below.
- Register Interest
- Candidate contacted for interview
- Vetting begins
- Successful candidates invited to assessment day
- Job-related fitness test
- Group exercuise
- Drugs and Alcohol test
- Uniform self-measurement
- Induction Event
- 12 weeks of blended learning, including webinars and face-to-face classroom lessons
- Pending Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) vetting
- Hub (area) introductions
- Kit issued
- Warrant card issued
- Deployment to Hub
- Ongoing development
- mentored accompanied patrol
- Police Action Checklist (PAC) sign-off for qualified patrol
- Community Policing Team
Our recruitment process is now streamlined meaning that there's never been a better time to apply to become a special constable.
Click 'register your interest' and complete our online application form to begin your journey to becoming a special constable today.
Once you have submitted your application form one of our dedicated team of Specials recruitment officers will contact you to arrange a telephone based interview.
The next step is the 'assessment day' which will involve the below:
1. Fitness test:
Don't be daunted by the name - it's more of a fitness check! to ensure that you're physically capable of performing the role of a special constable.
2. Observation exercise:
A relaxed group exercise assessing your interaction with other candidates.
3. Occupational Health Unit (OHU) appointment
You will meet with an Occupational Health nurse to undergo an initial medical assessment to ensure you're fit for the role.
4. DNA & biometrics:
A simple fingerprint & saliva test
5. Drug and alcohol test:
A few strands of hair are taken and tested for traces of any drugs then a breath sample is taken to analyse for alcohol.
6. Identification verification:
You will need to bring two forms of identification (ID), one of which must be a photographic ID such as passport or driving licence.
7. Uniform measurements:
You will be asked to provide your measurements for a uniform order. You will also be measured for body armour.
New recruits will take part in a 12 week blended learning programme.
To become a special constable, you will need to be successful in our recruitment process. The following information will help you work out if you are eligible and will explain the recruitment process. If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You must be aged over 18 to join the police service
- You must meet our entry requirements (please click here for 'Am I eligible')
- You must be available to attend all of the stages of the recruitment process
Our dedicated recruitment officers can answer any questions you may have and offer any support you need throughout the process. A telephone interview will be arranged at your convenience. The interview will take around 40 minutes. It will include a series of questions about your skills and experience in a number of areas - professionalism, decision making, working with others, serving the public, and openness to change.
If you are successful at interview, your dedicated recruitment officer will book you a place on an assessment day and advise you of what documents you will need to bring on the day.
The police service is committed to maintaining the highest levels of honesty and integrity and to preventing corrupt, dishonest, unethical or unprofessional behaviour. Vetting helps support this, reducing the risks of unauthorised disclosure or loss of sensitive police information.
Public confidence in the police is crucial, particularly as we "police by consent." Public confidence in policing depends on officers, staff, Specials and volunteers demonstrating the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour.
The public must have confidence that police vetting processes are effective in identifying those who might pose a risk to the community. The police service must also be alive to the threat from organised crime groups and others who might try to gain access to police systems and intelligence.
Vetting helps identify people who are unsuitable to work in the police service. This includes those who are unsuitable through criminal activity or association, those who have a clear lack of honesty and those who are financially vulnerable.
Vetting helps us to maintain a healthy organisation.
Please note the following is provided as guidance; any successful application is assessed on a case by case basis and is subject to an individual successfully passing vetting.
The chief constable reserves the right to reject any application.
You will be expected to detail all convictions and cautions (including those spent). Police National Computer (PNC) records will be checked and any omissions could affect the outcome of the vetting process. This will be reviewed on a case by case basis. This information will NOT be divulged to your family, employer or Wiltshire Police manager. For more information please visit the home office guidance on recruitment: click here to view on the www.gov.uk website
Applicants who are employed in the following roles will not be eligible for selection:
- Armed Forces Personnel
- Traffic Wardens, civil enforcement officers and school crossing patrols
- Neighbourhood and Street Wardens
- Highways Agency Traffic Officers employed in an 'on-road' capacity
- Members of private constabularies
- Ministry of Justice employees (Magistrates, Judges, Clerks, CPS)
- Immigration Officers
Applicants in the below roles may be eligible at the discretion of the Special Recruitment Manager or Chief Officer and will require written support from their respective employers, Chief Officer, Governor or local NHS Trust. Applicants may also be required to produce a copy of their job description for consideration by the recruitment manager:
- Armed Forces Reserves
- Fire Service
- Medical or Health Professionals
- Serious Organised Crime Agency Staff (SOCA)
- Security Personnel (including door supervisors)
- Prison Officers
- Probation officers, youth and social workers
- Holders and their partners of premises licences and designated premises supervisors, licensees of betting/gaming premises
All applicants need to have resided permanently in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to applying. However if you have resided outside the UK for a time but can provide sufficient information to enable meaningful checks to be conducted in relation to that period, we will consider your application alongside the information you provide.
Applicants will have their financial status checked. Police officers are in a privileged position and could therefore be considered potentially vulnerable to corruption. Applicants who have existing County Court Judgements outstanding against them or who have been registered bankrupt and these debts have not been discharged will not be considered. Applicants who have been declared bankrupt will only be considered three years from discharge of the debt. If you have an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) please contact the Wiltshire Police recruitment department.
You will be asked to run between two points 15 metres apart, in time with a series of bleeps. The timing between bleeps is slow at first but the bleep becomes faster as the test progresses. You will be given full instructions on the day of the test. You can make sure you're prepared by watching the fitness test explained
This is a face-to-face, group exercise focusing on the key areas discussed in your interview - professionalism, decision making, working with others, serving the public, and openness to change.
Our dedicated occupational health nurses will meet face to face with you on the day to go through the necessary medical checks to confirm eligibility for the role. Further investigations may need to be made following the appointment.
For Biometric vetting we will take a sample of your fingerprints and a DNA sample (mouth swab), then checks will be made against the appropriate databases. We search to determine whether you have come to police attention or associated with a crime. We will also take a hair sample for drugs testing and a breath test for alcohol testing.
We will verify your identification on the day and take photocopies to accompany your baseline vetting form. Further vetting forms will be sent to successful candidates following the assessment day. You will be asked to supply an email address so that our vetting officer can forward you the necessary links in order to complete a comprehensive vetting form.
You will be asked to complete a self-measurement form to allow us to place an order for successful candidate's uniform. Trained individuals who specialise in fitting body armour will also measure you for your body armour order. Uniform and kit will be supplied once your vetting has cleared and in time for your attestation.
New recruits will take part in a 12 week blended learning programme. Blended learning will involve webinar learning sessions that can be accessed via PC and/or tablets as well as classroom based practical lessons which will allow for consolidation of knowledge. You will be encouraged to self-learn and be directed to a portal of interactive learning materials which will include audio notes and electronic student notes.