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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

Documentary tracks day in life of custody suite

Channel Four's '24 Hours In Police Custody' wins approval from chief constable - but questions have been asked as to why PCC didn't watch it.

Tragic death of off-duty PC

Police Scotland roads policing officer who began career with Met was taken ill unexpectedly.

Theresa May promises data access law

Home Secretary also announces new civil measures to deal with terrorism during party conference.

Child sexual exploitation: Fresh warnings about South Yorkshire

HMIC inspectors warn network of individuals may be committing offences against children in care homes.

Higher tax on pensions 'stifling promotion ambitions'

Supers President warns that talented officers are worried about large bills if they move up the ranks.

Specials' council tax discount mooted for three forces

Mayor of London's office reiterates pledge on giving largest volunteer contingent 50 per cent off charge, but it coincides with drop in their number.

Force uses actors to 'perform Code of Ethics'

Theatrical touch to ethics document seeks to get senior officers talking about dilemmas of policing.

IPCC report: Force 'will improve' after murder

Watchdog concludes it is 'impossible to say' whether death could have been prevented had officers acted differently.

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