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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

Mobile phones 'will not be seized after every RTC'

National roads policing moves to set the record straight in the wake of media reports suggesting that guidance had been changed.

Pursuit RTC: Four officers injured

Investigation underway after target vehicle is involved in a collision with a Greater Manchester Police van.

Officer struck by vehicle 'serious but stable'

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following collision in the Larkfield area of Kent.

Graduate recruitment: Forces face stiff competition

Combination of lower pay and less vocational candidates means Police Service will have to fight for talent, say Fed officials.

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Government scraps increase to police officers' pension age

Plans to increase minimum pension age by two years have been dropped after government "listened to reason".

Chief constable awarded honorary doctorate

The doctorate also recognises the strong ties the chief maintains with Staffordshire University.

'All forces should screen officers for diabetes'

Fed Chair calls for move in light of new research suggesting shift patterns increase chances of contracting condition.

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