Introduction to the Special Constabulary

Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Williams

Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Williams

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Special Constable with Wiltshire Police. It is a unique opportunity with the chance to gain new skills and experience, whilst contributing to you own community.

Specials are valued members of the Wiltshire Police family and play a key role in preventing crime as part of our Community Policing Teams.

Specials bring with them extensive skills and experience from business and industry, and along with local knowledge add significant value to the work we do across Wiltshire and Swindon. I recognise that becoming a Special Constable is a big commitment, but one I hope you will find out is very rewarding.

The role brings with it opportunities to build on your skills and qualifications with an excellent training and development programme along with life experiences that are difficult to find in other volunteering roles. As a
Special you will meet new people from across the Force, as well from across the community.

Whether you hope to gain new skills, improve your confidence or give back to your local community, volunteering as a Special Constable can make a difference. You can make a difference.

I hope this document will give you further insight into the role of the Special Constable, and the journey ahead should you decide to take on this challenge.


Special Superintendent Rachel Oaten

Rachel Oaten

Stevie Wonder in a speech once said: "In my career, I learned that giving your services for free gives you a good return on your investment, not just financially but morally. It supplements your personal integrity".

I think this is entirely true for the 15 years I have been involved with the Special Constabulary, and the skills I have gained from volunteering as a Special have certainly had a positive impact on my day job and personal career progression.

One of the greatest gifts we can give is the gift of time.

Just one hour given freely by a volunteer special constable can have a huge impact on an individual, organisation, and a community. It is priceless.

Volunteering is a way for you to learn more about yourself and for an organisation to learn more about the value volunteers can bring. Volunteering as special constable gives you an opportunity to broaden your skills and experience in an environment and role unlike any other.

As a volunteer you can bring so much to this organisation: your skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership and inspiration - to name but a few. Wiltshire Police Special Constabulary is strong because each person brings with them a unique mix of skills and talents which they then share and transfer to others over time.

I hope you will consider taking up this unique opportunity and volunteering with us.

The time given by volunteers is truly valued by Wiltshire Police.