1. Overview

Special constables are volunteer police officers who play a pivotal role in helping police Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Becoming one gives you the chance to work alongside regular police officers, bring skills and experiences from your day job and give something back to your local community.

Special constable typically give up at least 16 hours of their spare time each month, some give much more.

As a special, the demands are ever changing, and the role is just as much about supporting victims, providing reassurance and building relationships as it is about flashing lights and handcuffs. You could make a valuable contribution to your community, while also developing your skills and learning to think on your feet.

Same uniform, same powers

Based across the Force area, specials wear the same uniform and carry the same powers and responsibilities as regular police officers. They’re enjoying a variety of roles and carrying out duties such as:

  • policing local events
  • assisting at road traffic incidents
  • raising awareness of force initiatives and campaigns
  • liaising with local schools and colleges to promote crime prevention
  • and much more