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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's pool rescue earns special award

Sergeant attributes long career in policing for equipping him the skills that rescued a child trapped underwater by her hair.

Emergency exit simulator for NPAS crews

New device being moved around England and Wales as part of rolling training programme.

Child abuse: NCA refers command to IPCC

CEOP, which later became part of the NCA, was found not to have acted on information passed on from Interpol.

IPCC: Savile probe against force dropped

Met needs to take no further action for the time being, while conduct of a retired detective inspector is still being examined.

Savile probe: Officers served with misconduct notices

IPCC has provided comprehensive update into its current activities relating to the late TV presenter.

Advertisement feature: Every gun tells a different story

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) delivers fast time forensic intelligence as well as tactical and strategic intelligence to tackle all aspects of firearms related crime within the UK.

OSPRE 1: Sergeant to Inspector Week 23

In the 23rd week, we're into the third stage of revision as we pick up Blackstone's Crime manual.

Policing Minister claims 'thousands fewer officers are assaulted'

Home Office is accused of under-recording the true extent of officer assaults as minister's figures conflict with figures provided by forces.

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