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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

Force 'will delete images on paedophile's laptop'

Dorset Police will now remove the images of a victim from a sex offender's computer.

Met 'whistleblower' faces misconduct probe

The Metropolitan Police will investigate PC James Patrick over breaches of media policy.

New deputy chief takes up role

Craig Guildford begins his appointment as the second-in-command at Gwent Police.

Officers' Taser use justified on suicidal man

Use of less lethal weapon and pyrotechnic distraction device justified by watchdog despite injury.

'Redundant' specials given crime scene training

Scenario based training package which takes specials through stages of initial investigation will give them added value to force.

Officer accused of tipping off drug dealers

Police Scotland has suspended a police officer who tipped off drug dealers.

It is time to embrace our Code of Ethics

Officers should embody the new document from the College of Policing and make it their own, says Irene Curtis.

Federation: Leadership change is a 'catalyst for reform'

Staff association chairman believes departure will help kick start reform programme with a leader who will push change through.


Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary

Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary

Blackstone's Policing for the Special Constable is the second edition of the bestselling Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary, representing the changing needs of this unique volunteer group within the police service.


How2Become - Police Application Bundle

How2Become - Police Application Bundle

The Police Application Bundle contains the 3 key ingredients to get you through the initial police application process giving you the best possible chance of success.


Op. Zulu Advanced Tactical Duty Vest

Op. Zulu Advanced Tactical Duty Vest

The Tactical Duty Vest is designed to provide the user with a comfortable and secure system for overt carriage of essential PPE.

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