Get Started

Follow Us On Twitter

Welcome to

special constable

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".

Read more about Specials

Latest Police News

BBC: Tuition fees: Theresa May challenges university costs

Tuition fees: Theresa May challenges university costs By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 18 February 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May's review will consider the cost of tuition fees and repaying student debt The prime minister is to call for better value for students in England who face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world". Theresa May will announce an independent review of fees and student finance on Monday. She will also argue for an end to "outdated attitudes" that favour university over technical education. Labour says it would abolish fees and bring back maintenance grants. A day of reckoning for tuition fees? 10 charts showing the effect of tuition fees Mrs May, announcing the year-long review of student finance and university funding, will warn that the current system has failed to deliver sufficient competition on price - with almost all courses being charged at the maximum £9,250 per year. For many students, the prime minister will say, "the level of fees charged do not relate to the cost or quality of the course." There are "serious concerns" about the cost of university, among parents and grandparents as well as students, Mrs May will say. 'Value for money' The review will consider ways of reducing costs such as cutting interest rates on loans - currently at 6.1% - and reintroducing maintenance grants for disadvantaged students, as well as examining the level of fees. Mrs May will say the review needs to make sure poorer students can have an "equal chance". At present, she says the funding system "leaves students from the lowest-income households bearing the highest levels of debt, with many graduates left questioning the return they get for their investment". The government will promise that the independent review will consider "the whole system of student funding", looking at whether there is "value for money" for students and taxpayers and how fees and repayments cover the cost of courses. The review will look more broadly than university fees and will consider support for vocational training and apprenticeships in "post-18 education". Mrs May will say there should be an end to "false boundaries" and perceptions of different status between vocational and academic study. There should be better careers advice to help young people make better-informed choices about a wider range of jobs and qualifications, she will say. 'Scrapping fees' "For those young people who do not go on to academic study, the routes into further technical and vocational training today are hard to navigate," the prime minister will warn. "The standards across the sector are too varied and the funding available to support them is patchy." Labour's shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, has called for education services, in further and higher education, to be free at the point of delivery. "It's time the Tories just accepted their tuition fee system is unsustainable, scrapped fees entirely and brought back maintenance grants and the Education Maintenance Allowance, as Labour has promised to do," said Ms Rayner. Image copyright PA Image caption With higher fees and interest rates, students will graduate with an average debt of £50,000 Ahead of Mrs May's speech, the Treasury select committee, chaired by former education secretary Nicky Morgan, raised concerns about the high level of interest rates. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says students in England face more than £5,000 in interest charges before they have even left university - contributing to average graduate debts of over £50,000. Former Conservative and Labour education ministers Ms Greening, Lord Willetts, Lord Adonis and Charles Clarke have all raised concerns about the level of interest charges. 'Variety' of fee levels Education Secretary Damian Hinds, speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, suggested there should be a greater "variety" in levels of fees. But there have been warnings against different levels of fees for sciences or humanities and arts, or for different types of university. Lord Willetts said higher fees for courses with the highest graduate earnings would become a "reverse pupil premium", giving even more money to the most advantaged courses and institutions. Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, backed calls for more flexible approaches - such as two-year degree courses - but warned that setting different fee levels would be a "bad idea". Dame Janet Beer, president of Universities UK, said the current system needed to be "better understood and feel fairer to students". The priorities should be support for disadvantaged students and reversing the collapse in numbers of part-time and mature students, said the university group leader. View the full article

Drunk American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace - repeatedly punching one in the face and trying to grab his Taser

An American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace after asking them 'Do you know any jokes?', a court has heard. Lucky he wasn’t shot, sentence as expected pathetic.

BBC: Deep freeze body murder: Uncle guilty of killing Celine Dookhran

Deep freeze body murder: Uncle guilty of killing Celine Dookhran 14 February 2018 Image copyright Twitter Image caption Celine Dookhran was found dead in an empty house in Kingston, south-west London An uncle has been convicted of kidnapping, raping and slitting the throat of his niece before putting her body in a deep freezer. Mujahid Arshid, 33, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Celine Dookhran, 20, and the attempted murder of a second woman. Arshid, 28, snatched the women in July before taking them to a house in Kingston, south west London. His co-accused, Vincent Tappu, 28, was cleared of kidnapping charges. View the full article

BBC: Ex-football coach guilty of sex abuse

13 February 2018 Image copyright Julia Qunezler Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys in the 1980s. Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15. The jury of five men and six women was sent out on Thursday and was unable to reach decisions on seven counts. He denied 48 offences and the Liverpool Crown Court judge directed jurors to enter three not guilty verdicts. During the trial prosecutors said Bennell was a "predatory and determined paedophile" who molested young boys on an "industrial scale". Bennell, who is now known as Richard Jones, appeared in court via videolink due to illness. View the full article

BBC: Self-styled 'paedophile hunters' revealed

By Kevin Magee BBC News NI investigations correspondent 13 February 2018 Image caption George Keenan, who uses the alias James SJ O'Neill, is one of those who introduced the concept of' 'paedophile hunting' to Northern Ireland Some of the leaders of self-styled paedophile-hunting groups operating in Northern Ireland have been identified for the first time. There are increasing concerns about the methods many of the groups use, and their lack of accountability. The so-called paedophile-hunting groups target people online who they believe are sexual predators. They confront them and broadcast the encounter live on the internet, then call the police. 'On whose authority?' There have been more than 100 incidents of this nature reported to police in Northern Ireland, but no one has been charged as a result and there have been no convictions. Former senior police officer and child protection expert, Jim Gamble, warned some of the tactics used by the groups are criminal. "Anyone live streaming these incidents is not about the justice of catching someone who represents a threat to children, they are about the self-publicity and the self-centred approach about themselves, much more than about making children safer," he said. Image caption Sharon Shanks, who is behind the group 'Justice Reborn Northern Ireland', covered her face with a pink scarf All the groups keep their identities hidden. BBC News NI approached two of the people involved in setting up the "hunting groups" in Northern Ireland to ask them for an interview. Sharon Shanks, from south Belfast, is behind the group called Justice Reborn Northern Ireland and she uses the alias Chelsea Lewis. Refused to answer questions Ms Shanks declined to do an interview saying in an online message that she was unhappy "journalists and news stations have so far called the hunting groups vigilantes". "Our identity we keep to ourselves so meeting isn't an option," she said. During one confrontation that she posted live online, Ms Shanks is overheard using explicit offensive language and threats of violence against a man who came across the scene. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC News NI's Kevin Magee tries to speak to Sharon ShanksWhen approached by the BBC just after she had broadcast other live footage on Facebook of herself interrogating a man she had alleged was a paedophile, Ms Shanks refused to answer our questions. We wanted to ask about the methods her secret group used, and on whose authority she had been detaining people who she believed to be paedophiles. She declined to answer any questions. Instead, Ms Shanks pulled on a scarf and was driven way at speed. There are up to 10 different, self-appointed paedophile hunting groups currently operating in Northern Ireland. Often they are in competition with one another, but sometimes they can join forces. One of those who introduced the concept of "paedophile hunting" to Northern Ireland is 34 year-old Belfast man, George Keenan. He uses the alias, James SJ O'Neill. He was linked to a group calling itself Silent Justice. Image caption George Keenan was approached for an interview by Kevin Magee in west Belfast One of his targets last August was a man in County Antrim. Two days after he was confronted, the man took his own life. His family said they wanted to maintain a dignified silence. Mr Keenan recently had a public falling out with other paedophile hunting groups in England and, in an expletive filled video, issued various threats of physical violence against them on Facebook. Mr Keenan declined a request for an interview using his own name and identity. 'Absolutely disgusting' BBC News NI approached him in west Belfast to ask him on whose authority he was confronting people he thought were paedophiles. When asked if any of his actions resembled those of a vigilante, he replied: "Are you serious? Get out of my sight, leave me alone. Stay away from anybody that I have previously worked with. "You are harassing people, I am not here to answer your questions. You are absolutely disgusting. Get out of my space right now." Later the same day Mr Keenan led a group of people to confront BBC investigations reporter, Kevin Magee, in a coffee shop in South Belfast. Image caption BBC reporter Kevin Magee was filmed by George Keenan, who posted video of the confrontation online Mr Keenan claimed he had been able to mobilise more than a dozen people from various paedophile hunting groups. For a short time they blocked off Botanic Avenue and published the episode online. You can hear more from Kevin Magee's investigation on Good Morning Ulster on BBC Radio Ulster On Tuesday and see his report on BBC Newsline at 18:30 GMT. Eyewitness account: A mother-of-two has told of her terror when her home was mistakenly surrounded by a group of masked paedophile hunters. The self-appointed gang surrounded the house in the Springfarm estate in Antrim in January, claiming a paedophile was living there. But the group had made a mistake - they had picked the wrong house. The 34-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said she was "absolutely terrified" when members of the gang approached her home. Her 66-year-old mother and two young children, aged seven and three, were in the house with her. 'Totally wrong' "A crowd of people got out of cars and they started banging and kicking at my front door, one of the women was screaming," she said. "They were all saying there was a paedophile in the house, but there was no man in the house, just me, my kids and my mother. "It was terrible, it really was outrageous behaviour, we felt really intimidated. "One of the children was hiding under the bed and my mother was petrified and shaken afterwards. Now she doesn't want to leave the house." The woman had only recently moved into the house. Local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Seamus Davis went to the house when he heard the commotion. He said: "There were three or four cars full of people. I said: 'look you're in the wrong place' - and they called me a paedophile lover. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSeamus Davis: "They called me a paedophile lover""I told them I hate paedophiles as much as anybody else, but this way you are doing is totally wrong - this is a job for the police. "You are behaving like a bunch of vigilantes." View the full article

The Metropolitan Police Service has announced changes to the way local policing is delivered in London through the introduction of Basic Command Units (BCUs). A BCU is a larger police command unit that will replace the Met's current 32 borough model, by merging local policing in boroughs to form 12 BCUs.

Suspected Harlow drug dealer breaks British record as police continue to wait for him to poo out his drugs

A suspected drug dealer has broken the British record today (February 10) for spending the most days in custody while police wait for him to poo. 20 + days without having a poo, he must be on hunger strike to last that long.

New mobile fingerprint device lets police identify suspects in less than a minute

Full story:

close x

Sign up to the new monthly Special Constabulary e-newsletter which features specials related news & editorials, jobs and exclusive kit & equipment offers.

The newsletter is published on the first Friday of every month.

No thanks