In spite of the challenging times we find ourselves in, our special constables (volunteer police officers) have continued to dedicate their time to helping keep our communities safe.
Our special constables have volunteered over 44,000 hours in 2020 which reflects their ongoing commitment to helping ensure that Surrey is a county that is safe and feels safe.
Over the forthcoming months, we want to grow our Special Constabulary to provide even more volunteer support to frontline policing. So if you are looking for a unique and rewarding volunteer role and would like to join us within the next 6-12 months, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!
Our Special Constables are volunteer police officers from all walks of life who dedicate their valuable spare time to policing their local communities in Surrey.
The hours you volunteer will make a real difference to our local communities as you will help us to reduce crime - and the fear of crime - across the county, whilst gaining unique experiences that you are unlikely to encounter elsewhere.
Based across each of the 11 boroughs in Surrey, our special constables wear the same uniform and carry the same powers and responsibilities as our regular police officers.
To become a special constable you will be expected to attend an initial training course twice a week (one evening and one weekend day) for up to 12 weeks. This course is intensive and incorporates many different aspects of policing and conflict resolution, but once complete you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to begin your journey with us.
You will then be expected to dedicate a minimum of 16 hours per month to your special constable duties, volunteering alongside our regular police officers carrying out a range of policing activities. This minimum commitment will enable you to maintain your operational competence and as you become more experienced in the role, there may be opportunities to specialise within our UAV (drone) team, our roads policing units or public order units.
Due to the level of commitment required, you should consider this a long-term volunteer role which will continue to offer new experiences and opportunities.
Skills & Experience
We are looking for individuals who have the drive, determination and willingness to learn to become a special constable.
You will need to have good communication skills and be able to think laterally to solve problems, often under pressure. You will encounter a wide range of challenging situations, and must be able to deal with conflict and interact with victims and members of the public calmly and confidently.
To become a special constable you will need to demonstrate that your values are aligned to our Police Code of Ethics. For more information, please see attached document.
Please note that due to the nature of the work of the Special Constabulary there are a number of occupations that are incompatible with the Office of Constable and persons holding these occupations cannot have their applications considered. These include the following:
Justices of the Peace; clerks to the courts; licensees; certified bailiffs/court warrant officers; members of private security organisations including security guards and door supervisors; private detectives and enquiry agents; serving members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (although military reservists may be appointed subject to certain conditions); traffic wardens; prison officers; police community support officers; members of the Crown Prosecution Service.
This is not an exhaustive list of precluded occupations. If you have a specific enquiry about your occupation and its compatibility with being a Special Constable, please do contact us for advice at the email address below.