Yes. PCSOs are salaried uniformed civilian members of police support staff who are employed to work alongside Police Officers.
Special Constables are fully warranted Police Officers who give their time voluntarily to work for the police.
Yes. You must be 18 to become a Special Constable.
No. Providing you pass our recruitment process, which includes a medical and fitness check, you are eligible to become a Special Constable.
No. The role of Special Constable is voluntary, however we will cover your travel expenses when travelling to and from shifts (from within the county).
The only cost implication will be for travel to and from your training and duties but this will be reimbursed through expenses at 45p per mile (from within the County border). You will also be provided full training and uniform by the Force.
Aside from being one of the most exciting voluntary opportunities available, you will also enjoy benefits from being part of Northamptonshire Police including: thousands of pounds worth of training invested in you, ongoing training and development, full uniform and kit, a career-voluntary opportunity, the chance to specialise in specific areas of policing, and much more.
As a Special, you can of course conduct more than the 16 hours per month - many of our Special Constables enjoy their duties so much that they do well in excess of the minimum! However that is of course up to you.
No. This is a voluntary role and there is no minimum term. We’re confident that you will enjoy the role of Special Constable, however if you don’t, then you can resign at any time. So it really is worth giving it a go.
Northamptonshire Police has a strong commitment to equality and diversity, striving to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve.
To protect people, fight crime and bring offenders to justice, Northamptonshire Police seeks to attract, recruit, develop and retain the best talent from the widest pool of people.
Our application process is open to everyone, and we regularly run positive action workshops to help people make the most of their application to us.
Special Constables come from all walks of life and join up for various different reasons. They include:
Giving back to their community
An exciting, dynamic opportunity
A progressive, career-voluntary opportunity
Joining the ‘police family’
Meeting new people
Whilst there are no guarantees, the experience and exposure of being a Special Constable will certainly give you great insight and understanding into what a career as a Police Officer might look like. Many of our Special Constables go on to become regular, fulltime officers.
Find out more
To get tailored careers advice, support and one-to-one guidance through the recruitment process, you can contact our Specials Recruitment Team via email [email protected] and telephone: 101, extension 341118.