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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

Officer suspended following Taser threat

PC has been suspended after allegations emerge that he threatened to discharge less-lethal weapon at a hospital patient.

Chief concerned at 'unfortunate' investigation appointment

Counter terrorism background of lead investigator in school probe could lead to "unwarranted conclusions" being drawn according to chief.

Fear culture stifling policing confidence

Officers must have the confidence and support to speak out about morale and workforce issues rather than be silenced through a climate of fear, writes Dennis Weeks.

School holidays: Officers 'should not have special rights'

Allowing police professionals to take children out of school would be unfair to other emergency service professionals, says Fed officials.

Drink-drive officer resigns

Northumbria Police reiterates that it expects the highest standards as officer is banned from driving and fined.

Crime statistics 'are not the final word in policing'

Police and crime commissioners should be aware that public confidence rests with more than figures alone, say analysts.

Police Federation crisis has 'united members'

Despite high-profile accusations against Federations leadership and "bullying" culture, branch board officials claim they are more empowered and united.

Fed voices anger over baton strike payout

Woman who claimed £3,000 in compensation had been behaving in a threatening and abusive way, says chairman.


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Magnum Command Boot

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Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary

Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary

Blackstone's Policing for the Special Constable is the second edition of the bestselling Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary, representing the changing needs of this unique volunteer group within the police service.

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