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Our next training courses commence on the following dates:

Monday 14th July 2014

Alternate Weekends
Saturday 6th September 2014

ClassroomYou may have the qualities it takes to become a Special Constable but we wouldn’t expect you to start patrolling without any training, so we’ve developed an in-depth programme to help get you prepared.

Training is split into two parts – initial foundation (Foundation) and futher training (Post Foundation).

Foundation training

Initial foundation training consists of 20 sessions each lasting a day. These take place at Essex Police College over a number of weekends, are non-residential and must be attended before you’re eligible to patrol on your division.

The sessions can run across ten complete alternate weekends, 20 Sundays or Monday to Friday weekday courses. You can find out what subjects you’ll cover by viewing our training schedule.

Essex Police As a Special officer you get to know yourself a bit better. Every time you go out on duty you never know what is around the next corner. Essex Police
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After your training you’ll be sworn in as a Special Constable and receive your warrant card. You’ll then be posted to a division for your first taste of life as a volunteer police officer on patrol.

You are not permitted to wear your uniform or go out on patrol until you have completed training and been sworn in. It is a criminal offence for a person to wear police uniform when they are not a police constable. Until you are sworn in you have no police powers.

Post Foundation training

Foundation training is supplemented by further training on your division. This is compulsory and designed to enhance your knowledge and skills. Failure to attend this training may result in your offer of voluntary services being declined.

When you arrive on division you will be introduced to a tutor who will accompany and supervise you on patrol at all times. This is when your Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) begins.

Initially there will be a high level of supervision when performing tasks but as you become more experienced your tutor will expect you to perform tasks with the minimum amount of intervention.

Eventually you will be able to patrol independently but you must have completed your PDP and had it signed off by a supervisor first. This is normally achieved within 12 months of starting the portfolio.

In addition to the practical ‘on the job’ training, you’ll also be expected to attend local divisional training. This is usually held on a weekday evening once a fortnight in one of the stations in your local area and is a chance to refresh your knowledge and receive training on new subjects.

There is an 18 month probationary period following foundation training. All criteria must be met for this to be successfully completed.


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