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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

Tour de France followed with real-time mapping

As the county hosted the yearly cycle race, it used a system that informed how the roads policing resources were deployed.

Rapid facial recognition trial begins

Leicestershire Police is the first force in the UK to test new facial recognition software that could transform the way criminals are tracked down.

Officers 'disprove victim rather than record crime'

HMIC crime data report reveals public protection officers have "unacceptable disregard" for victims over crime recording.

Sexual assaults: PC handed custodial term

Former Humberside officer sentenced to three years in prison having already served custodial term.

Police pay should reflect dangerous job

Despite a one per cent pay rise for officers, real time pay continues to decline and officers should not be expected to do the same job for less money, writes Royston Martis.

Shaun Wright resigns from Labour but remains PCC

Former cabinet member for children's services at Rotherham Council defies public pressure to leave post in wake of damning report.

Law Q&A: Urinating in a street

David Pickover considers what crime has been committed if an officer spots and individual urinating in the street.

Crime figures: Fed voices fresh concerns

Government must have accurate data to make informed decisions over police resourcing and training, says staff association lead.

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