Becoming a Special Constable

Special Constables are members of the public who volunteer their time in order to support their regular colleagues and provide a valuable link between the police and the local community.

They are warranted officers who have the same powers as a regular officer, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment.

Though Humberside Police receive many applications from members of the public to become Special Constables, not every applicant passes our recruitment process. This page is designed to give you a guide to the process and offers advice on the best approach to take in order to pass the different assessments.

In order to join as a Special Constable you need to be 18 years old or over. Humberside Police currently require officers to retire at 60 or 65 dependant on rank.

Understanding the Role of the Special Constable 

The role of a Special Constable can be very time consuming, particularly during your training, and it is important that you understand the level of the commitment required.

It is suggested that, in the first instance, you spend some time having a look at this website paying particular attention to the elements around training, duties and hours and decide if you have the spare time available to commit to the role of Special Constable.

You may also want to speak to a serving Special Constable or Regular Officer in order to gain a better understanding of the types of duties you will be involved in.

If you wish to speak to a member of the Special Constabulary, please click on the button below, leave your contact details (Name, Address, Contact No) and indicate in which Division you live and someone will ring you back. 





Before you consider whether or not to become a Special Constable it is important that you read the Guidelines to ensure that you are eligible. [Link]

Getting an Application Pack

Once you have decided that you can commit to being a Special Constable then the next stage is to book yourself on to one of our presentation events.

These events last for about an hour and are designed to give an insight to the role of a Special Constable and to give you some guidance with regard to completing your application form.

You can find out more about attending a presentation event on our Events page [link