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Special Constable

BirminghamFull Time
  • Competitive
  • 31, August 2020Deadline
  • West Midlands Police
  • Government & Public Sector

Job details

Our Special Constables are a huge part of the West Midlands Police family. Last year they volunteered over 20 thousand hours to support the service WMP offer the public.

They are integral members of our neighborhood teams, our front-line response teams, helping to support our most vulnerable victims in Public Protection, Force CID, Operations, Motorway Policing- the opportunities are endless.

Now WMP looking to increase or numbers as WMP gear up for some of the biggest events seen in the West Midlands, like Coventry becoming the City of Culture in 2021 and, of course, Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

WMP need to get ready and need people who want to volunteer their time to support us with both day to day policing and large scale operations.

Could that be you?

We are here to prevent crime, protect the public, and help those in need. We value the friendship and service we offer and strive to be courageous and fair. Our people are proud of what they do and we know the value of continually listening and learning and we continually grow and evolve.


Does that sound like you? Why not join us?

Working in a voluntary role as a Special Constable offers a rewarding opportunity to help make a difference in our local communities our special constables work alongside our regular officers. You could be patrolling with our neighborhood teams, responding to emergency calls, opening investigations, working with traffic, or policing major events.

We are beginning to plan for #Birmingham2022 and #Coventry2021. Exciting times lie ahead for our region and we need people to support our large-scale operations that will swing into action for these major events. Our Volunteers, whether they are warranted Special Constables or people performing specialist police volunteer roles in our communities, will play an ever-valuable role in protecting the public and helping those in need.

To become a Special Constable you should be prepared to train hard in your own time during evenings and weekends and be willing to offer a minimum of sixteen hours per month to perform the role. In return, we offer full training and support to ensure you are prepared and fully equipped.


Who are we looking for?

Individuals who share our values and have a real passion for people and communities, with a desire to make a difference through policing in the West Midlands. Good communicators with a calm, confident personality; problem solvers; team players; and people who easily build relationships and respond to other people. We welcome applications from all members of our local communities as we continue to promote diversity across the whole of our workforce.

Our current Specials come from all walks of life- we have a pilot, a medical doctor, students, stay at home parents, teachers, bank workers, other WMP staff….. the list is endless!

We want Specials and volunteers from all of the diverse communities across the West Midlands, this is a great chance to give back and share your experience.

What are we looking for

Good communicators with a calm, confident personality; problem solvers; team players; trust builders and people who easily build relationships, respect other people, and appreciate views from communities across the region.

Successful applicants will be joining the second largest police force in England, covering an area of 348 square miles and serving a population of almost 2.8 million.

Eligibility Requirements:

Below is a summary of the basic eligibility criteria a more detailed can be found on the College of Policing website.



There is no formal educational requirement, but you will be required to pass written tests.


To apply to the Police Service you must be at least 18 years old. There is no upper limit.


You must be a British citizen or a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Commonwealth citizens and other foreign nationals are also eligible but only if they are residents in the UK free of restrictions. If you have recently resided abroad we need to be able to check your previous three years (including employment, education, and/or residency).

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