Special Constable (Volunteer Police Officer)
We are not currently accepting applications for Special Constables. Please register your interest to receive a notification when we next open for recruitment.
If you have previously been a Special Constable or Police Constable, or alternatively if you are looking to transfer to Surrey, we would love to hear from you. To find out more information and to apply, please click here.
For more information about joining the Special Constabulary, download our Special Constable Recruitment Guide.
What is the Special Constabulary?
Surrey’s Special Constabulary plays a crucial role in helping the force ensure that Surrey is a county that is safe and feels safe.
We have over 130 dedicated Special Constables within our constabulary who, even after a hard day at work and alongside their busy personal lives, devote their spare time to policing our communities. Our Specials come from many different backgrounds and walks of life and form a vital link between their community and our force. Through their volunteering with our operational policing teams, Specials provide valuable additional capacity and resilience to our frontline resource.
Surrey’s Special Constables are based at the same police stations, have the same powers in law, (including the power of arrest) and are issued with the same uniform and kit as regular (paid) officers. We ask for a minimum commitment of 16 operational hours per month from each of our Special Constables, although many do considerably more.
Remarkable, Extraordinary, Special.
This is a volunteer role like no other; it is challenging but also very rewarding, and provides the opportunity to help make a positive impact within Surrey’s communities.
Our Special Constables are involved in all aspects of policing, particularly responding to fast time incidents as part of our neighbourhood policing teams, tackling anti-social behaviour, taking part in targeted days of action, resourcing raids and warrants, and supporting special events such as the Epsom Derby.
As a general rule, our Special Constables carry out 'mainstream' policing and we offer opportunities for our more experienced Specials to join one of our specialist teams and/or be promoted to supervisory ranks.
Why Become a Special Constable?
As a Special Constable you will have the opportunity to:
- Contribute to supporting and policing your community
- Become a valued member of our policing family
- Learn new and transferable skills, particularly communication and problem-solving skills
- Undertake continuous training to maintain and develop your operational competence
- Experience policing first-hand; there is nothing quite like it!
Our current special constables share their experiences:
Jess: "I joined the Special Constabulary to learn new skills, build my confidence and have a role where no two shifts are ever the same. I enjoy the challenge of being a Special Constable and especially enjoy being part of the police family."
Jenifer: "Becoming a Special Constable provides the chance to learn more about your community, by seeing it from an entirely new perspective, and gives the opportunity to give something back to your local area, making it safer and enhancing relationships between the public and the police."
Charles: "I really enjoy the challenge and how no two shifts are the same. With support from my special and regular colleagues I have gained lots of new skills and experience, which I will be able to apply in my day job."
Sarra: "I am a Special Constable with Surrey Police and have been for two and a half years now. The best part of being a Special is being able to help others in their time of crisis, listening to issues and offering support."
Tony: "It's hugely rewarding when I feel that my input has helped a member of the public in trouble. Being a bit older, I also feel I can bring some life experience to the job, and it's a privilege being able to work alongside the regular officers and serve the public."
There are a number of jobs that are considered incompatible with the role of Special Constable. To be sure that your current employment will not prevent your application from proceeding please check the precluded occupations list:
- Serving members of HM Armed Forces
- Members of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force
- Royal Naval Auxiliary Service
- The National Hospital Service Reserve
- Members of the fire service, unless written permission is given by their Chief Officer
- Traffic wardens and school crossing patrols
- Members of employers’ police forces and private constabularies
- Clerks to justices and clerks to courts
- Probation officers
- Youth workers and social workers involved in the administration of criminal law
- Bailiffs, warrant officers, private detectives and inquiry agents
- Custody escort officers
- Security personnel, guards and doormen
- Anyone working for a security company
- Employees of security organisations
- Neighbourhood and street wardens and other uniformed patrol wardens
- Police Community Support Officers
- Prison custody officers (Prison Officers are eligible, but only with written permission from their Prison Governor)
- A local authority parking warden
- Persons taking an active part in politics
- Highways Agency Traffic Officers (and traffic officers who are employed by other organisations, such as Vehicle and Operators Services Agency)
- Border and immigration officers with powers of arrest
- Customs Officers
- Barristers, solicitors and judges
- Members of police authorities
- Transport network revenue protection inspectors
- Local Authority field officers e.g. trading standards officers
- Civilian enforcement officers
- Vehicle removal officers.