What is a Special Constable?

A special constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer with all same powers as regular police officers and wears the same uniform. Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. They are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Wiltshire safe.

Community Policing Team

As a special constable within Wiltshire Police you will be part of one of the seven Community Policing Teams, these are:

  • Swindon North
  • Swindon West
  • Swindon South
  • Wiltshire North
  • Wiltshire West
  • Wiltshire East
  • Wiltshire South

Community Policing is a new policing model which is designed to bring together all the different roles, such as police constable (PCs), police community support officers (PCSO), local crime investigators (LCI), community co-ordinators, 999 and 101 call-takers, and specials, together into a “one team” approach.

As a special constable you will be briefed as part of this team and will work alongside our officers and civilian staff to help prevent, reduce and solve crime and anti-social behaviour.

I joined in order to acquire new skills and to do something completely different from my regular work
My regular, day job is office based, so it’s great to do something that allows me to get out and be active
It’s also good to think it’s benefiting the community
I’ll definitely be a Special Constable for as long as I can. I love it!
The experience has proved a positive one, and I have been impressed by the opportunities given to Specials
I’ve made some great friends and had some incredible experiences
I have met a variety of new people and gained confidence, particularly in dealing with the public
It’s help me develop in my professional career

new recruitsMeet our Recruits

Northamptonshire Police

Stuart Parker

Profession: CCTV operator

What inspired you to become a Special Constable? The birth of my second child drove me to apply and I became a special constable in 2009.I wanted to give something back to the community I lived in, making it a safer place for my children to grow up in.

What are you looking forward to most about in the role? My role as a special has helped significantly in my paid job, bringing the policing skills I have gained to the role of a CCTV operator. My observational skills that have been developed as a special have enabled me to identify potential situations before they arise.

Favourite superhero? Hawkeye

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Wiltshire Police
Community Policing Team Special Constable

You will be part of a team providing a service that meets the wide range of policing needs of the community area and will work alongside PCSOs, LCIs and community co-ordinator colleagues.

Your role will include carrying out directed visible patrols in the community, helping with intelligence-based tasks, providing a response to reported incidents, and taking part in investigations which may include interviewing witnesses and suspects.

You will need to be a strong communicator, courteous, polite and considerate, as well as able to show empathy and compassion when dealing with people so you can address their specific needs and concerns.

Your duties will mainly involve:
  • Responding to and intervening in emergency calls
  • Arresting, detaining and reporting individuals
  • Preventative patrols
  • Conducting searches of individuals and their property
  • Providing initial support to victims and witnesses and assessing their need for further support
  • Managing conflict
  • Conducting enquiries
  • Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open spaces