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The Role

Everything you need to know


Special Constables
Dedicating your spare time to volunteering takes real drive and commitment but we know how dedicated our current Specials are in preventing and tackling crime in the place they call home and keeping their communities safe.
It’s a rewarding choice to become a Special and you only need to dedicate a minimum of 16 hours per month to the role.
     Understanding the Role of the Special Constable 

It’s a rewarding choice to become a Special and you only need to dedicate a minimum of 16 hours per month to the role.

Duties performed by Specials are varied, but you can expect to be:

- Carrying out high-visibility foot patrols to deter and detect criminals.

- Confronting anti-social behaviour on the streets such as gangs or intimidating behaviour.

- Presenting evidence in court to support the justice system in prosecuting offenders.

     Foundation Training

Face to face teaching sessions

These involve student officers attending 21 days of face to face training at the Police Training Centre in Hull, normally on a Sunday (0845hrs to 1700hrs). 


 Student officers will need to undertake periods of self-study between the ‘face to face’ sessions.  To support this, they will be given access to on line learning materials and a group blog. Officers will be issued with workbooks and tasks to be completed at home. It is very important that they are prepared to commit to the self-study element of the course. The face to face sessions will focus on practical aspects of the role and have been planned on the basis that students have covered the preparatory self-study elements.
       Student officers in the classroom 

The training 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.

     Officer Safety Training

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.


     On the Job Training

Once you have been attested you will posted to Special Development Units (SDU) which are based within your local area. During the following 14 weeks 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. After your 14 week at the SDU you will be posted to a station close to your home adress where you will continue to work at completing your PAC.

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 and your PAC has been signed off,  you will be you deemed Safe and Lawful and you are now an independent officer..


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.

Future Opportunities

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

    Specialist Roles

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.