Special Constable

Special Constable

Contract: Voluntary

Working hours: 4 hours per week / 16 hours per month

Location: Force wide

Special Constable Job Description.pdf

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North Yorkshire Police are currently working on some exciting Policing Pathways for Special Constables and we want YOU to be part of it!


Ask yourself these questions...

  • Do you want to start your policing career? 
  • Are you someone who wants to change lives?
  • Do you want to support your local community?
  • Do you have the skills and passion to take on the most rewarding voluntary opportunity?
  • Do you have a passion to start your policing journey with a role that will give you fantastic opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and talent to be a future officer? 

Special Constables come from all walks of life and join for a variety of reasons. They are a vital part of all Police Forces across the country, supporting and enhancing the work of regular Police Officers. North Yorkshire Police have a well-established Special Constabulary of dedicated volunteers and we are committed to recruiting hard-working individuals with a genuine interest in policing.


Our Special Constables need huge amounts of enthusiasm and determination to succeed. With the same powers, uniform and equipment (not including tasers) as Police Officers, you’ll play a key role in maintaining our extremely high standards. This is not an easy role, and is only suitable for driven individuals with a real passion for serving the public, with proven life experience and customer service skills. You will need to be markedly resilient to deal with the confrontational and potentially harrowing situations that you’ll come across. If you are to succeed in this role you must have effective communication skills and strong team working ethics.


You will need to be able to commit to volunteering a minimum of 16 hours per month, though during your initial training and probation it is likely you would need to complete significantly more hours and commit to ongoing training.


Joining the Specials opens up a world of opportunities for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing the training and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life and challenges every day. You’ll benefit from unrivalled training and investment in your development. After all, we need you to be the best there is. Whatever your background, you’ll be truly valued as an integral member of our force.

We’ll help you develop skills - from leadership to responsiveness - that will enhance every aspect of your life.

Becoming a Special Constable really is one of the most exciting and rewarding voluntary opportunities available!


Do you have what it takes to help make North Yorkshire a better place to live, work and visit?


It is our aim to keep you updated throughout each stage of the recruitment process via the online recruitment portal, so please ensure you keep checking this on a regular basis.


Upcoming Recruitment Activities


Ask us a question sessions start at 19:00 on the following dates:


·       Thursday 14th December

·       Monday 15th January

·       Tuesday 30th January - Register here

·       Thursday 15th February - Register here

·       Wednesday 28th February - Register here


These are MS Teams calls that allow you to ask one of the team questions about your application or the role.


Mandatory information session

This session will give a fantastic insight into the role of Special Constables from existing Special Constables. it is mandatory for all applicants to attend one of these sessions, as we will give applicants the full information about the requirements and realities of the role, including in-depth details of the recruitment process and training course.

Mandatory information sessions are planned to take place on the following dates, commencing at 6:30pm.

  • Tuesday 12th March- Scarborough Police Station
  • Thursday 14th March - Athena House, York
  • Wednesday 20th March - Alverton Court, Northallerton


Interview dates

In force interviews are scheduled to take place at Alverton Court in Northallerton from WC 08/04 and 15/04


Training dates
If you are successful through the recruitment process, we have training courses for Special Constables starting in September 2024 onwards. A second course date is due to start March in 2025. All applicants should note that this training will take place on weekends and evenings, with a blend of in person and online training in conjunction with the Open University. There will also be a requirement for you to attend a full week of Officer Safety Training. Exact dates of training sessions will be provided to you within the mandatory information session.


Serving Special Constables

If you are a serving Special Constable with another UK Home Office Police Force, we are also accepting applications to transfer to North Yorkshire. 
Please contact us via email for further information


Further information:

For any additional information we would encourage you to read the information available on our website and attend one of our familiarisation events, but if you are unable to attend then please do not hesitate to contact talent&development@northyorkshire.police.uk with any questions.


Closing date: Monday 04/03/2024 – 0900am


Special Constable