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Bedfordshire Police (East of England)

Special Constables

Bedfordshire Police is recruiting Special Constables

How would you feel if you could spend a minimum 16 hours a month helping full-time police officers to make your community safer?

As a Special Constable you would share the same powers as a Police Officer. The difference is that you would be volunteering your services. 

You can expect to grow significantly as a person as you acquire new skills and gain experiences that are completely unique to the role. The personal benefits in terms of self-development are unlimited. Special Constables (or 'Specials' for short) are special in many ways, not least for the new levels of confidence they discover.
You will be welcomed into the Bedfordshire Police family for your initial training. You have two options available:-

  • 8 weeks which consist of two evenings and three weekends.
  • 2 weeks of Monday to Friday 8-5pm, and one weekend.

This training will include Law, Self-defence, First Aid and Conflict / Threat management.

You may be able to reduce this further upon confirmation of current  First Aid certification. If so you will be requested to attend a three hour refresher having completed this initial training phase and with the support of a tutor you will be able to patrol almost immediately.

Further training is then supplied at intervals to complete your portfolio.

Eligibility to Apply  

  • Age Limits - You must be 18 years old to apply to become a Special Constable. 
  • Nationality - You must be a British Citizen, an EC/EEA National or Commonwealth Citizen or a Foreign National with no restrictions to live & work in the UK.   
  • Cautions/Convictions - If you have had any previous cautions or convictions please detail these on your application form. Dependent on the nature of the caution/conviction, this could lead you to be ineligible to apply. 
  • Disabilities - Bedfordshire Police welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and will do all it can to make reasonable adjustments.  
  • Driving Licence - All applicants MUST have a full UK Driving Licence at the time of submitting an application to become a Special Constable. 
  • Health Requirements - All applicants must be in good physical and mental health. If you pass the Assessment Centre, you will  attend a full medical with our Occupational Health Team. 
  • Eyesight Requirements - You will be required to visit your local opticians to ensure your eyesight meets the standards required  to become a Special Constable. 

 Diversity Statement
Bedfordshire Police recognise that you are unique and we want to use your uniqueness to help us to reflect the communities we serve. We know that valuing the difference between people and the benefits that can be gained from those differences is what is going to take us from being good at what we do to being great so we are actively seeking to identify the widest pool of candidates from the widest mix of cultures, approaches and thinking. We want to understand you better so we will be happy to address any queries or concerns you might have.




  • Special Constable with Bedfordshire Police

  • Contract: Part-Time
  • Location: Bedfordshire
  • Education: Specific educational qualifications are not a requirement for the role.

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