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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

Chief lambasts Met Special Demonstration Squad

Undercover police officers stored intelligence of families including relatives of Ricky Reel.

Police savings and a case for force mergers

As forces embark on the ultimate challenge of slicing more from their budgets, Royton Martis sets out the case for force mergers.

Sealed investigations proposal is 'sledgehammer to crack nut'

Secret probes proposal by Theresa May criticised by analysts and Fed officials.

Latest roads policing digest published

Police pursuits and cuts to budgets continue to dominate the agenda in this specialist area.

Detectives 'ignoring social media' risk damaging investigations

Investigators must explore all available social media intelligence streams to help strengthen the viability of a case.

Met ordered to pay thousands to rapists' victims

Women sexually assaulted by John Worboys successfully sue force after claiming police treatment breached their human rights.

Final farewell to 'loyal and respected' PCC

Officers, community leaders and members of the public celebrate the life of "a warm and wonderful man".

Fast track inspectors about 'quality not quantity'

Huge number of applicants rejected and even more will be weeded out.

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