How to Become a Police Special Constable in 2023
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HOW TO BECOME A POLICE SPECIAL CONSTABLE
With the help of industry experts, we have put together the most comprehensive online resource to passing the Police Special Constable selection process available. From initial application to the assessment centre, through to the interview, we’ve covered every single base in this online resource.
It’s no secret that if you want to join the Police service as a Special Constable then you will need to work hard in order to be successful. So, let’s start off by telling you what the selection process involves and how we can help you!
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The Police Special Constable Selection Process
The selection process to join the Police as a Special Constable will normally consist of the following elements:
Sifting Tests & Assessment Process
Probation & Training
Stage 1 – ONLINE APPLICATION
The first step on your route to joining the police as a special constable is to submit an online application form.
Constabularies across England and Wales frequently advertise such positions on their websites, detailing the minimum eligibility criteria, the role requirements, and benefits of working as a Police Special Constable.
When filling out your application it is vital that you refer to and demonstrate the competencies and values of policing, to ensure your application is progressed to the next stage.
Stage 2 – The SIFTING TEST & NATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS
If you are successful at the application stage you may be invited to take a sifting test, this could be in the form of a behavioural questionnaire or a situational judgement test. These tests are designed to assess your ability to perform to the demands of the role and are extremely accurate in assessing a candidate’s suitability.
Once you have successfully completed this stage you will be required to complete an assessment and selection day. Some forces, more notably the Metropolitan Police, will do this over a 2-day period, with the two days being separated out over a short period of time.
The selection process for becoming a Police Special can vary from force to force. However, here are some details about the types of assessment you may be required to undertake:
- Incident Report Writing;
- Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test;
- Written Test;
- Interactivity Test;
- Group Exercises.
Stage 3 – THE SPECIAL CONSTABLE INTERVIEW
If you pass the various sifting tests you will also have to sit an interview as part of the assessment centre. You will not want to fail if you reach this stage, so ensure you provide EVIDENCE that you meet the assessable qualities required of a police special constable.
At this stage you will be asked questions based on the competencies and values framework (CVF), and will need to refer to these in your answers to score-highly.
Stage 4 – The Final Stages
The final stages of selection may include further vetting checks, a fitness test, and a medical to ensure that you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, but also are physically fit enough to perform the role safely.
Once these are all completed you will then begin your training and probationary period as a police special constable.
It is important to note that, whilst many police forces will follow the national selection process, some will use variations of this. As such, we strongly recommend that you confirm the selection process that you will have to take before commencing your preparation. However, the following information will be a good basis for you to start.
How to Become a Police Special Constable: Commonly Asked Questions
There is no set selection process that must be passed to become a special constable and each force can select which assessments they require candidates to pass in order to be successful. This means the selection process may be quicker when applying to a force who use fewer stages. You might need to pass assessments such as:
- Incident Report Writing;
- Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test;
- Written Test;
- Interactivity Test;
- Group Exercises.
Once you have successfully passed the application process you will commence your special constable training. Again, this may vary between forces but typically this will take around 12 weeks.
Special constables are volunteers, this means that while they have the same legal powers as police constables, they are not paid.
However, special constables do receive expenses for things such as travel and some forces also provide benefits for special constables who log a set amount of hours per year.
Special constables must have the same skills as police constables. There are a set of behaviours (known as competencies) that you must demonstrate throughout the selection process. These may vary depending on the force you are applying to but typically are either of the below.
- Public service
- Working with others
- Decision making
- Service delivery
- Openness to change
- Emotionally aware
- Taking ownership
- Working collaboratively
- Deliver, support and inspire
- Analyse critically
- Innovative and open-minded
Special constables hold the same legal powers as police constables, they are permitted to carry out duties including, but not limited to, the following:
- Foot and vehicle patrols
- Responding to emergency calls
- Making arrests
- Tackling anti-social behaviour
- Making enquires relating to investigations
- Provide security in public places
- Attend court to present evidence
Special constables are volunteer police officers. They wear the same uniform and hold the same legal powers as police constables.
In order to become a Police Special Constable you must be aged 18-57 and be capable of meeting the physical and mental demands of the role. During the selection process you will be assessed against your ability to match the competencies and also your fitness levels.
You can be of any nationality to become a special; however, you must have the permanent right to remain in the UK if you are from a non-EEA country and have been a resident in the UK for the three years before you apply. You are required to possess a good standard of English, have a presentable appearance, be compassionate and tactile and be able to commit to at least 200 hours per year. These commitment levels may vary from force to force, so be please check with your chosen force before applying to ensure you can meet their requirements.
It is also important to note that there are a number of jobs that are not compatible with being a Special Constable and you should check these first with your chosen force before applying.
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The Situational Judgement Test
The Situational Judgement Test is a multiple-choice test based on common situations that you may come across as a Special Constable. During the actual SJT assessment you will be required to answer 50 questions within a 65 minute time-frame.
Take a look at the following sample SJT question:
Whilst on foot patrol in your local High Street you are approached by a woman who informs you that she has just found a purse on the pavement. Upon inspection there is no money in the purse but you do notice personal details relating to the owner.
Please pick the best option (most effective option) and the worst option (least effective option) in terms of what you should do:
- Challenge the woman as to why there is no money in the purse.
- Immediately take the purse back to the station and record the lost property.
- Ask the woman to hand the purse in at the local police station.
- Immediately try to contact the owner of the purse in order to hand it back to them.
BEST OPTION: 4
This option allows you to reunite the owner with the purse quickly and also allows you to stay out on patrol.
WORST OPTION: 1
This option could potentially damage relations with the public. You have no reason to suspect the woman has taken money from the purse.
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