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Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers. They have the same police powers, uniforms and equipment as regular Police Officers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis, organising their busy personal lives, day jobs and other commitments around police duties. They do not get paid, but are reimbursed for expenses. 

A Special in Essex is someone who will be valued, supported and integrated into the wider policing family. They’re someone who will learn new skills, see new things and make tangible differences to the lives of the public they serve. A Special in Essex is someone who makes new friends, sees life from new perspectives and upholds the law.

A Special Constable is an extraordinary person, a remarkable person, a special person. Join us and be that person.

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Am I eligible?

To become a Special Constable you must:

green tickBe a British, Commonwealth, European Economic Area (EEA) citizen or have an indefinate right to stay in the UK
green tickNot have a criminal record but some minor offences may not exclude you
green tickBe able to meet our required medical and fitness standards such as 5.4 on the Bleep Test, not taking anti-depressants currently or in the last 2 years and have a BMI range of 18-30
green tickHave resided in the UK for a continuous period of three years immediately prior to the date of application

To join as a Special Constable, you must not:

red crossBe registered bancrupt, subject to CCJs or IVAs
red crossOmit to declare any offences or 'spent' convictions
red crossHave defaulted accounts
red crossIdeally not have been convicted or cautioned for a serious arrestable offence
red crossApplicants who have received cautions, reprimands, formal warnings and final warnings will not be considered until a full five years from the date of the sanction

The process

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Special Constables are subject to the same Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Behaviour as regular officers, whether on or off duty. Being a constable is a privilege and bestows significant powers and responsibilities; a volunteer Police Officer has the same powers as a paid Police Officer and that carries with it the same expectations in terms of standards and public service. If you believe that you have the skills, ability and professionalism to police your communities fairly, impartially and with the necessary commitment then we’d welcome your application.

Special Constable application guide - pdf document

Once you have carefully read all the information in our application guide, you can complete an application to join the Essex Police Special Constabulary. Once your application has been reviewed you may be invited to attend an assessment centre. Candidates who are successful at the assessment centre will advance to the next steps of the application process which will include a fitness test, vetting, a medical and reference checks. 

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you into one of the most fulfilling volunteer careers there is.


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