Applying to be a Special Constable

Date published: 30 November 2020 15:17

Recruitment for our Special Constabulary will be opening on Monday 7 December 2020.

Do you want to experience something unique? Would you like to contribute towards something of real value?

Just like with our regular officers, our Specials need to meet certain requirements.  Take a look at our Recruitment Guidance document to see if you meet all of the Eligibility Requirements. To access this document please click here

Presentation Events

If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable it is recommended that you attend one of our presentation events. Here, you have the chance to find out more information and you will have the opportunity to speak to Special Constables yourself and find out about the role from those who do the job.

Please continue to view these pages on a regular basis for details of forthcoming Special Constable presentation evenings.  You may also wish to sign up to social media alerts for updates.

1) Application form

If you have checked that you are eligible to apply and you have attended a Presentation Event, the next step is to complete an application form. This is filled in online through our E-recruitment system when we are accepting applications.

2) Assessment Centre

If you pass the application form stage, you will be invited to an Assessment Event. The assessment centre consists of three parts which are detailed below.

A competency-based structured interview

The interview will last for up to 20 minutes and you will be asked four questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. These questions will be related to the competency areas relevant to the role of a Special Constable, details of which will be sent to you prior to the assessment process.

You will be given up to five minutes to answer each question. The person interviewing you will stop you if you go over the five minutes. As the person interviewing you asks you the question, they will also give you a written copy of the question to refer to. They may ask you further questions to help you to give a full response.

You will be assessed on five different competencies during the 20-minute interview.  Oral Communication will be assessed throughout the interview and you will be asked one question in relation to the following four competency areas:

  • Openness to Change
  • Professionalism
  • Service Delivery
  • Working with Others

A written exercise

A 20 minute exercise where you will be required to make suggestions on how you would resolve an issue.

A situational judgement test

This is a 50 minutes assessment, where you will be presented with 25 questions. Each question describes a situation and provides you with a choice of four response options. You will be asked to use your judgement to rate the effectiveness of each of the response options. Once you have made your decision you will fill in the appropriate spaces on an answer sheet. You will be given full instructions before you start the test.


Results will be sent to you by email within two weeks of the assessment centre.

A ‘Candidate Feedback Report’ providing detailed information on how you performed in the assessment process will be supplied on request. The aim of the report is to show how you performed in each of the competency areas and exercises.

3) Pre Employment Checks

After the assessment has been completed you will go onto the next stage, which involves several different Pre Employment Checks. These checks include the following:

1. Medical Forms
You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and Eyesight Form. Once completed you will need to get these forms checked and signed off by your GP/Optician.

2. Medical appointment
Once your medical forms have been received and checked by the Occupational Health Team you will then be invited to a Medical appointment. You will be seen by an Occupational Health Nurse, who will complete a series of screening tests, including blood pressure, height and weight, urine, vision, spirometry and lung function. An audiometry test will also check your hearing. You will be told on the day whether you have passed or failed this assessment.

3. Fitness Test
Following successful completion of your medical you will then be invited to complete a Fitness Test. This test includes running the Multi Stage Fitness Test (AKA Bleep Test/Shuttle Run).

4. References

We will be seeking references from your current line manager and other employers from the past 3 years. You will be sent a form to complete which will require your line manager details and email address'. If you have not been employed for this period and instead have been in full time education we will seek references from your School/College etc.

Your sickness status will be checked regularly during the process.

5. Substance Misuse and Biometric Testing 
You will receive an appointment to come for your Biometrics taking (Fingerprints and DNA). You will also be subjected to a Substance Misuse Test which is carried out by an external company to the force. Your sample cannot be analysed without your consent, so you will be asked to complete a consent form on the day in order to continue with the process.

6. Vetting

Vetting checks will be conducted by the Force Vetting Unit. You will be asked to complete a detailed form and return this to the vetting unit for them to then process your application.