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Special
Constables

Two Special Constables

What is the Special Constabulary?

The Special Constabulary is made up of members of the public who volunteer to spend their time helping to police their local community.

Specials play a crucial role in fighting crime and keeping Surrey safer. They come from many different backgrounds and walks of life, forming a vital link between their community and Surrey Police.

Every Special is sworn in the presence of a magistrate in the same manner as a regular police officer. Specials work alongside their regular colleagues, they are based at the same police stations, have the same powers in law, including the power of arrest and they even wear the same uniform.

Surrey Police asks for a minimum of 16 operational hours per month from its Special Constables, although many do considerably more. It is demanding but very rewarding work. Specials get involved in all aspects of policing, particularly neighbourhood policing, tackling anti-social behaviour, crime prevention, raids and warrants, special events and presenting evidence in court to support the justice system in prosecuting offenders. As a rule, Specials carry out 'mainstream' policing.