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The Special Constabulary is the United Kingdom's part-time police force. It is made up of volunteer members of the public who when on duty wear a uniform and have full police powers. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving with police forces across the UK, working in all aspects of policing.

Our website and forum is packed with information for anyone interested in the UK's Special Constabulary - whether you're a serving Special Constable, maybe thinking of joining, or simply wanting to find out more about "Specials".

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What's New

01-04-11: New information added on Special Constable recruitment eligibility

15-02-11: We've added some new information on paying Specials, the 'bleep test', and advice on improving your fitness.

Latest Police News

Misconduct notices served for domestic abuse response

South Wales Police attended reports of domestic abuse twice, but were unable to make contact with the occupant of the address.

Advertorial: Custody best practice shared at national conference

Expert line up of speakers features at national custody conference to share good practice and learning.

Future chiefs' council will have 'less policing authority'

Former chief argues that current association has been "downgraded' by current government and new body will have less "constitutional significance".

Force pioneers major city's first mental health suite

Raft of inter-agency schemes rolled out to try and get a grip on drain on police time.

'Judge us on crime disrupted not money seized'

NCA directors say using 'metrics' is not the correct approach to gauging success of young organisation.

'Unrealistic' to expect NCA to pursue 50,000 paedophiles

Director General says that there is only so much law enforcement can do in fight against online child abuse.

Policing protests report finds no evidence of brutality

Panelists who examined police responses to demos at 'fracking' site criticise force and environmental activists.

Force numbers could 'shrink back in time'

Size of forces could be the same as 30 years ago as chief constable admits that cuts will have an inevitable impact on policing communities.

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