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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

PSD data release battle goes on

Member of public attempts to gain 'unredacted copy' of review into force's professional standards department's actions.

David Cameron sets BME recruitment 'ambition' for police

Prime Minister says country needs to see an ethnic minority chief constable.

CT scanners 'the future' of forensic pathology

Post-mortems to establish cause of death can now be done digitally, and experts believe such techniques will become increasingly commonplace.

Emergency services communication down

There were intermittent disruptions to police communications this morning when system provider Airwave Solutions experienced difficulties.

PC awarded county officer of the year

A Safer Neighbourhood Team PC has been recognised for his hard work in reducing anti-social behaviour.

Privacy concerns over rapid DNA tech use

Civil rights group says new technology is being used before enough tests have been carried out.

College of Policing to examine paid services

A members' committee is being put together to decide what officers and staff would be "willing to pay for".

Force referred to IPCC over Janner investigations

Police watchdog likely to announce new inquiry into past police investigations.

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