The Office of Constable

The Office of Constable

Every sworn police officer in England and Wales is a Constable, irrespective of rank. It is from the Office of Constable that each officer derives their powers.

The Office of Constable encompasses so much: in terms of expectations, legal status and the responsibilities of the powers that are attributed to every officer who holds it. And while it is an immense privilege to hold the Office of Constable, with that comes great responsibility and restrictions on professional and private lives.

With increasing demands and reduced officer numbers, extreme cuts have taken its toll on the police service but it is testimony to the hard work and dedication of officers throughout the country that the finest, long held traditions of the Office of Constable have not been eroded.

This booklet answers questions such as:

  • How do constables differ to employees?

  • Can police officers strike?

  • What is the Tripartite Relationship?

  • What are the principles of policing?

To find out more, take a look at this interactive booklet or download the PDF version.