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2 Questions: 1) Does anybody know how regularly Cheshire Constabulary recruit for Special Constables? 2) Is anybody aware what the training programme is like in terms of days, weekends, residential etc? I've had my heart set on becoming a Special Constable with BTP, but recently found out all basic training is conducted during the week on 4 separatre residential modules this July in LONDON. Personally I find this ridiculous as for most people this would mean using up their whole holiday entitlement in one go. I run my own business and whilst this means I can be flexible and offer a lot of spare time should I successfully make it as a Special, I cannot afford to take 4 whole weeks out of work. To cap it off, those 4 weeks would need to be in London, as I assume would all interviews and assessments, which for me is not practical and bizarre as I'd be applying for a posting to Crewe in Cheshire. To this end I've started looking at my local force, Cheshire. They currently have an open recruitment campaign albeit only for another 2 weeks. However I can't find anything online saying how the basic training is set out and when it is likely to be for this intake. They have a seminar on tomorrow (Saturday) that I am unable to get to sadly, as this would give me the answers I am looking for. On the advert it says that whilst they will accept applications from individuals who don't attend the seminar, they do recommend attendance prior to applying. At this time i don't feel 100% prepared to apply, take assessments etc, but if they only recruit one intake per year I might be tempted to apply anyway and 'chance it' as I don't really want to wait until next year. Should I ultimately be unsuccessful it would be nothing lost and good preparation for another go next year. If however there is likely to be another recruitment campaign later this year then I would wait and apply then and spend my time between now and then preparing fully. Anybody got any useful advice? To be honest I'm still gutted to find out it looks completely impractical for me to join BTP.