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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.

Specials have the same powers as regular police officers. The role is varied and can be demanding. You might find yourself doing anything from policing sports events to helping guard crime scenes.

Specials are involved in Drink Drive campaigns, Wheeled Respect traffic operations and the Going Out campaign to name a few.

Recruitment for Special Constables is ongoing and we are currently offering Information Evenings (see below for available dates) for those who are interested which are mandatory to begin the recruitment process. For details regarding the eligibility criteria and recruitment process, please visit the Special Constabulary page.


Find out more about being a Special Constable


Information Evening

Recruitment for 2017 has now closed, it will reopen in 2018 and dates for Information Evenings will be released closer to the time.

The information evening gives you the chance to find out first-hand what it is like to be a Special Constable and you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. 

At the end of the evening, you will understand: 
- the role of a special 
- what is involved in the recruitment process and initial training  
- the duties and responsibilities of being a Special Constable and our expectations of you.

It is an ideal opportunity to meet with people who want to make a positive difference in their communities. 

Special constable colleagues will be at the evening and will be able to answer questions that you may have. 

Your attendance at the information evening is mandatory prior to submitting an application form. Any application forms submitted without attending this event will not be progressed.

More dates will be available in the near future.

Vetting Residency Criteria Statement

The need for the residency rule arises from the requirement to vet all applicants in an equitable manner. It is to ensure that applicants have a checkable history in the UK, so that meaningful vetting enquiries can be undertaken. The criteria provide some reassurance when considering the Health and Safety of police personnel and the public. The UK Police Service does not currently have any means of facilitating vetting enquiries overseas to the extent required for those who have been resident in the UK. Effective vetting cannot be conducted if there is no way to assess the honesty, integrity, reliability and overall suitability for clearance of their appointees against the information, or lack of information, available.

To meet the eligibly criteria you must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.  Depending on the role, the vetting clearance varies.  The minimum period for UK residency, which you must also meet, for Recruitment Vetting is 3 years and for Management Vetting is 5 years.  This is calculated for the period of time immediately before an application is made, and not any other time spent in the UK.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has agreed a reasonable concession to consider applicants who have been on holiday outside the UK, provided this does not exceed more than 3 months within the minimum residency period shown above. 

Page last updated: 06 October 2017