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
You will be given a choice between two options for your initial training, the traditional route or the fast-track route:
The traditional training route will last for 5 months and will take place during weekends and a number of evenings.
Fast track route
The fast-track training route will last for 6 weeks and will take place Monday to Friday, 0800-1600. In order to apply to the fast-track training you must be able to commit to the full six-week course. - The next course of this type is expected to commence in August 2023.