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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

'Cyber crime linking culturally different criminal groups'

Director General of NCA says organised crime must be recognised as national security threat.

Officer pleads not guilty to Azelle Rodney murder

Anthony Long enters plea at hearing at Southwark Crown Court, meaning trial will now take place.

Tributes paid at Paul McKeever Memorial Lecture

Event at House of Commons hears from Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill, who says NCA specialisms must be "mainstreamed".

Private organisations set to take over community rehabilitation

Justice Secretary says part-privatisation will bring benefits, but trade union highlights comments by Mayor of London about wanting more control over system.

Transforming rehabilitation: Why we should embrace the new

Government's agenda has its potential pitfalls but should be seen as an opportunity, writes Peter Merry, Warwickshire and West Mercia's Head of Criminal Justice and Detainee Services.

HMIC: Police committed to tackling corruption

Report found that strides have been made in 122 out of 125 areas which needed improvement in terms of integrity.

Risks to officers named in lost discs 'assessed'

Steps have been taken to ensure that police named in lost documents are not at risk of attack, government says.

Public backs 'controversial' armed policing policy, survey finds

Three months after Police Scotland's chief constable was forced into an embarrassing climbdown over his firearms policy, a survey appears to vindicate his original stance.



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