Special Constables

Special Constables are part-time, voluntary police officers with all the same powers as full-time, regular police officers.

Northamptonshire’s Special Constabulary contributed 138,528 hours of duty in 2015 – equivalent to 75 full-time officers. As of March 2016, there are 718 serving Special Constables in Northamptonshire’s Special Constabulary.

Northamptonshire Police has the largest ratio of Special Constables to regular officers anywhere in England and Wales, and the fifth highest total number of Special Constables of any police force.

Becoming a Special Constable is a great way to help protect the community you care about, while allowing you to learn new skills, gather new experiences and challenge yourself.

For more information and to find out how you could join the ranks, visit www.northantspolicespecials.co.uk or email SpecialsRecruitment@northants.police.uk. Alternatively, you can follow Northamptonshire Specials on Twitter at @NorPolSpecials

Northamptonshire Special Constabulary factfile:

  • Longest serving officer: 28 years, 10 months
  • Oldest serving officer: 68 years-old
  • Youngest serving officer: 18 years-old
  • Special Constables currently serve in the following departments: Local Response Team, Safer Community Team, Criminal Investigations Department, Safer Roads Team and the Prisoner Investigation Unit
  • Outside of duty, jobs held by Special Constables include: Accountants, Builders, Architects, Joiners, Marketers, Nurses, Scout/Guide leaders and many, many more
  • Languages spoken by Special Constables include: German, Polish, Spanish, Urdu, Swahili, Tagalog and British sign language