Gloucestershire Constabulary is one of the oldest rural police forces in Britain. The area we cover is around 1,000 square miles and is home to the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn ...
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SummarySpecial Constables are volunteer Police Officers with the same warranted powers as their regular colleagues.
Special constables come from all walks of life and form a vital link between the police and the local communities. The role of a Special Constable is varied and can be demanding. You will carry out similar duties to regular officers, meaning you might find yourself doing anything from policing sports events to helping guard crime scenes or managing road safety incidents.
Being a special constable is interesting, varied and hugely rewarding. You will wear a uniform, be equipped with personal issue protective kit and need to have an ability to think clearly and calmly under pressure to be able to deal with challenging incidents on a day to day basis.
Being a Special Constable is an incredible window on the 'other side' of life, one that most people don't even know exists and which they are unlikely ever to come into contact with. You will see people at their very worst and at their best. You will have to use your strength of character, common sense and training to deal with incidents ranging from missing persons to burglaries, assaults and car accidents.
You will be responding to 999 calls, detaining and dealing with suspects - just the same as a regular officers - operating on the front line, supporting victims and witnesses of crime, providing reassurance and instilling confidence in the service to keep the people of Gloucestershire safe from harm.
About Gloucestershire Constabulary
We serve a population of around 600,000 people in a county which incorporates the royal households of Highgrove and Gatcombe Park, airports at Staverton and Kemble, two universities, part of the M5 motorway and a number of large employers including GCHQ. It also hosts several major events.
Day-to-day policing of the county is delivered through six areas: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean.
Neighbourhood policing is very much at the heart of the Constabulary and within the six areas, we have teams covering 55 communities.
At the most local level, our neighbourhood policing teams have built strong relationships with the communities within which they work. Made up of Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers, Volunteer Police Cadets and Police Staff, they tackle crime and disorder and other issues which matter most to the public.
Community policing is only part of what we do. The Constabulary showcase the work we do at our annual Open Day. Highlights include our dogs and mounted sections, roads policing team, forensics unit, specialist firearms officers, demonstrations and an opportunity to speak with Constabulary staff about paid and volunteer recruitment opportunities.
Gloucestershire Constabulary also works with other organisations (partners) such as local councils, support groups and charities, sharing expertise and making the best use of resources to help beat crime, make the county a safer place within which to live, visit and work and keep the people of Gloucestershire safe from harm.