Challenging and rewarding
Is there another side to you that’s looking for a challenging and rewarding experience? As a voluntary police officer you’ll make a real difference to the lives of people in Gloucestershire.
No two shifts are the same. You could be on foot patrol, policing major incidents. conducting house to-house enquiries, or presenting evidence in court.
We’re looking for quick thinking team players who can remain calm in a crisis and who want to gain a real sense of achievement as part of our Special Constabulary.
In return, you’ll get first-class training, make a difference to your community, and face new challenges and opportunities. Hours are flexible, you’ll make new friends and feel valued and wanted by us.
He works full-time in recruitment, managing a team that looks after 230 temporary members of staff. He is also a Special Constable who responds to emergency calls, goes to burglaries, looks for missing people and investigates suspicious activity.
“Becoming a police officer was something I’d always wanted to do, since I was a kid. I applied in my early 20s for the regular police but eventually decided against pursuing it as I wasn’t really ready. My career then took a completely different path and I got so far into it, that policing full time wasn’t really an option for me anymore. The Specials gives me the best of both worlds. I’m literally fulfilling a childhood dream of policing in my local area while still maintaining a good career.”
What Richard likes best about being a Special Constable
"It's really rewarding. You get to go out there and make a real difference to people's lives. Because of the nature of the work our interactions with people are not always positive, but what we do helps reduce fear for the vulnerable and means people can feel safe.
For me it was giving something back to my community. It's always served me well and being a volunteer police officer means I feel as though I'm repaying that a little.
For anyone considering doing it my advice would be to take the plunge. I've made some great friends. The police is a massive family and everyone you deal with, be they paid or voluntary, are really welcoming. I've learnt some fantastic skills which have helped me in my life and career and on a personal level I feel as though I've achieved something I'd dreamt of as a child. That's irreplaceable. I still do a double take every now and then when I'm in uniform!"
You can become a Special Constable in your spare time
To become a Special Constable you'll need to attend one of our Information Evenings. To do this click on the red 'Book a place' button on this page to see the next available dates in your area.
Applicants need to be able to volunteer 16 hours or more a month to be considered as a Special Constable. Hours can be organised flexibly to work around your current work and life responsibilities.
We’re looking for people who can cope with the unexpected, work well in teams and remain calm in a crisis. We need good communicators – people who can speak clearly and engage with the public. You must be honest, fair and impartial.
By volunteering to become a Special Constable you'll help to make Gloucestershire a safer place to live and work. You'll also gain a real sense of achievement, make friends and feel wanted and valued by us.