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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

Counter terror: New legislation imminent

Measure to seize the passports of would-be jihadis will be introduced imminently, says PM.

Deputy PCC resigns amid Rotherham scandal

Tracey Cheetham adds to calls for Shaun Wright to leave resign his post.

'Most decorated' UK officer remembered

Colleagues reflect on the courage and tenacity of a detective chief inspector who brought a brutal gang to book.

OSPRE 1: Sergeant to Inspector Week 20

In the 20th week of the series we look at the remaining chapter from Blackstone's General Police Duties and Evidence and Procedure books.

Analysts: 'Urgent reform of PCC legislation needed'

Increased checks and balances on the elected office are now required, it has been claimed.

Legislation confusion led to 'crime recording errors'

Analysis of crime data integrity within 21 forces reveals lack of knowledge about the law while workload pressures contributed to errors.

Rotherham scandal: National lead pledges action

Promises that failings identified in scathing report will be addressed by national plan as force insists it has improved responses to child sexual exploitation.

Fears raised over public order command resilience

Beleaguered inspectors are less likely to volunteer for extra duties in future, says Fed.

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