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The Special Constabulary is the United Kingdom's part-time police force. It is made up of volunteer members of the public who when on duty wear a uniform and have full police powers. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving with police forces across the UK, working in all aspects of policing.

Our website and forum is packed with information for anyone interested in the UK's Special Constabulary - whether you're a serving Special Constable, maybe thinking of joining, or simply wanting to find out more about "Specials".

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What's New

01-04-11: New information added on Special Constable recruitment eligibility

15-02-11: We've added some new information on paying Specials, the 'bleep test', and advice on improving your fitness.

Latest Police News

Human traffickers 'tattooing numbers on victims' bodies'

National Crime Agency's report highlights rise in number of British children being trafficked for sex.

Further stop and search scrutiny promised

Home Secretary says tactic must become more effective or new laws will be introduced as research project gets underway.

Forensic market framework 'doesn't foster future development'

Demand-based national framework should evolve to become an equal partnership between police and forensic science providers.

Concerns police officers are 'too busy to eat'

MP and Fed rep speak out over impact of workload on officers' diet and health.

Documentary tracks day in life of custody suite

Channel Four's '24 Hours In Police Custody' wins approval from chief constable - but questions have been asked as to why PCC didn't watch it.

Police CCTV operator jailed for voyeurism

Police Service of Northern Ireland says new measures are in place to minimise risks surrounding CCTV.

International officers turn to British policing for inspiration

'Middle managers' from all over the world take a visit to a force HQ as part of a course to discover the secrets of "one of the best police services in the world".

Tragic death of off-duty PC

Police Scotland roads policing officer who began career with Met was taken ill unexpectedly.

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