Welcome to the Special Constabulary
Special Constables play a crucial role in fighting crime and making our streets safer. Specials come from many different backgrounds and walks of life. They volunteer for a minimum of sixteen hours' duty per month, and form a vital link between their community and the police service.
Assistant Chief Constable, Richard Berry, recognises the great work that the Specials do:
“As you will all be aware, this Force is superbly served by the 154 members of the Special Constabulary. Together, these men and women dedicate their free time, on top of their regular jobs, to policing the county and by doing so make a huge contribution to helping us meet our aims.
We are extremely grateful for all they do – and in turn, for all they allow the Force to do.”
The Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport, has already declared that she is “a huge fan" of the Special Constabulary – a sentiment all of us who work with them will echo."
New Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport has appointed Area Officer David Pedrick-Friend to the post of Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary.
David, who is pictured here, said,
"I am really pleased and proud to be confirmed as the new Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary in Gloucestershire.
“As Special Constables, we directly embody Peel's original principles of "policing by consent," that is policing by the people for the people, and I look forward to leading those extraordinary officers who give up their valuable time to support Policing in the communities that they live.
“Along with the Chief Constable and The Police and Crime Commissioner, I will support the continued development and integration of our officers within the wider Policing family helping the Constabulary meet the Police and Crime Plan priorities and local policing issues.
"The Constabulary is experiencing an extended period of unprecedented change and it is vital that the Special Constabulary is able to help deliver this change moving forward.
“Recent examples of good work performed by The Special Constabulary, in support of Gloucestershire Police, have included The Christmas Drink Drive campaign 2013, the ongoing “Wheeled Respect” traffic operations and The ‘Going Out’ campaign.
"I am immensely pleased for the support and encouragement I have received from all areas of the organisation and I look forward to working with you all."
We are currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in joining us as a Special Constable.