Become a Special Constable
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Special Constables are members of the public who volunteer their time in order to support their regular colleagues and provide a valuable link between the police and the local community. They are warranted officers who have the same powers as a regular officer, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment.
The role of a Special Constable can be very time consuming, particularly during your training, and it is important that you understand the level of the commitment required.
It is suggested that, in the first instance, you spend some time having a look at this website paying particular attention to the elements around training, duties and hours and decide if you have the spare time available to commit to the role of Special Constable.
You may also want to speak to a serving Special Constable or Regular Officer in order to gain a better understanding of the types of duties you will be involved in.
As a Special Constable you will have the same warranted powers as your regular colleagues and as such it is important that you receive a certain level of training prior to being attested (sworn in) and being allowed to engage with members of the public. Because of time constraints, the level of training you will receive is not the same as a regular officer but will give you the knowledge and skills you will need to carry out your duties as a Special Constable.
This in mind, it is vitally important that you are committed to attend all of the training sessions.
You will attend Foundation Training at the Humberside Police Training Centre in Hull for 18 weeks. During this time you will be classed a Student Special Constable and as such you are not a Special Constable and have no warranted powers.
The training is a combination of evenings and every other weekend and will involve such things as Powers of Arrest, Public Order, Burglary and First Aid to name but a few. It will culminate with a written examination and a role play day where you will be assessed in order to ensure that you have the required level of knowledge and skill before you are attested.
As part of your initial training you will undertake Officer Safety Training. This will give you the skills to handle most situations that you come across whilst out on patrol. You will also be shown how to correctly use all of the personal protective equipment that is issued to you.
All Student Special Constables have to be attested (sworn in) prior to being classed as a Special Constable and being allowed to use their warranted powers.
The attestation is held at the Guildhall and you will read the attestation document in the presence of a Magistrate, the Chief Constable, or her representative and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Members of you family are also present to watch you being attested and you will all be invited to have your photographs taken after the event.
Once you have been attested you will posted to our Communities Command and based within one of our Community Teams. During the first 9 months you will do "on the job training" which gives you the opportunity to put in to practice the knowledge and skills you have learnt whilst at the Force Training Centre. You will always be accompanied by an experienced officer or mentor who will guide you through your Police Action Checklist, which is a record of the duties and jobs that you have completed to a set standard.
During this time you will be invited to become involved in policing the local night-time economy, town and city centres on a Friday and Saturday evening and also be attached to Community Patrol.
Finally, once you have completed your initial 12 months, you will be you deemed Safe and Lawful and you are now an independent officer and you can look at other areas of policing that Special Constables are involved in.
All serving Special Constables are expected to carry out a minimum amount of pre -rranged duty time each month. You will be expected to complete a minimum of 16 hours every 4 weeks which equates to 208 hours per year.
The above is only the minimum you will be expected to work and many Special Constable do more than the 16 hours, however, your supervisor will monitor your hours in order to ensure that you are not doing too many or too few.
Once you have completed your first year as a Special Constable there will be a number of opportunities that you may consider looking at. These include:
The Special Constabulary has its own rank structure that mirrors that of our regular colleagues. If you meet the minimum criteria you could put yourself forward for one of our promotion assessment centres. If successful you and have demonstrated the right skills and abilities you could be promoted to Special Sergeant. This would mean that you will be running a team of up to 8 Special Constables and have responsibility for managing them on a day to day basis.
As your career progresses further promotion opportunities will arise for those of you who wish to progress
Humberside Police are always looking to develop members of the Special Constabulary and as such we have a number of officers that operate within our Specialist Command. As with the promotion process, officers who meet the minimum criteria and pass the necessary assessments can join the Specialist Command in a number of different roles which currently include the Roads Policing Unit, Operational Support Unit and our Ports Protection Unit.
As a Service we will be continuing to explore further opportunities for members of the Special Constabulary who wish remain with us for in the long term.