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What is a Special?>
What is a Special?

Volunteer as a police officer for just 16 hours a month and make your spare time truly worthwhile. Tackle crime and test yourself. Make London safer and make a huge difference to your community. Wear the same uniform as a regular police officer and carry the same powers of arrest. Train for one of the most varied and fascinating volunteer roles around. Gain an incredible wealth of skills, confidence and experience.

Be a highly trained special constable. Be there for London.

Although you won't be paid, your training and duties will give you unique experiences, new and valuable skills, plus the tremendous sense of achievement that comes from giving something back to your community.

In addition, special constables receive free travel (both on and off duty) on:

  • London Underground
  • London Buses
  • Tramlink
  • Transport for London (TfL) operated Overground services
  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Becoming a Special >
>Becoming a Special

Who we're looking for

People from all walks of life can be special constables. However, you must:

  • Be aged 18-57 and able to meet the physical and mental demands of being a Special.
  • Have the permanent right to remain in the UK if you are from a non-EEA country and have been a resident in the UK for the three years before applying.
  • Have a good standard of English.
  • Have a presentable appearance.
  • Be compassionate and tactful.
  • Be able to commit to volunteering at least 200 hours a year.


Please note there is a list of precluded occupations from which we cannot take applications – please visit our main site for more information.

Applying to be a special constable

If you want to do something different and make a real difference to your community, complete an online application form. If your application passes the initial paper-sift, you’ll be invited to attend a Day 1 Assessment. Success at this stage will be followed by a Day 2 Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) and Medical Assessment. If you pass all phases of selection, as well as security vetting and clearance checks, you’ll be ready to begin your training.

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Train to be a Special

A special constable has the same powers of arrest and responsibility as a regular officer. So, naturally, they need the same level of training.

As a special constable, you’ll combine classroom-based theory with practical, “on-the-job” training. Improving your confidence, as well as your career prospects, you’ll hone your existing skills while developing new ones that will benefit your day-to-day life.

These include:

  • Self-defence
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamworking
  • Diffusing challenging situations

Supported and mentored by regular police officers and experienced special constables, you’ll form lasting friendships and gain a wealth of knowledge about the criminal justice system.

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