Police Federation

Special constables

Special constables

What is the role of a special constable?

A special constable is a volunteer who has all of the same powers as a regular police officer, and offers support to the regular constabulary.

Every force in England and Wales has a Special Constabulary, with officers likely to get involved in all aspects of modern policing, but as a rule they tend not to be involved in the specialist areas of policing, focusing on more mainstream crime. 

As of March 2021 there were 9,174 special constables across the 43 forces of England and Wales, down from 9,571 the previous year, a drop of 4.3 per cent.

Does the Police Federation represent the interests of special constables?

Membership of the Federation for a special constable is optional.

As part of their membership, a special constable would receive support and advice from fellow officers who are elected workplace reps and have received training on Police Regulations to ensure proper representation, should they face an issue. The support provided ranges from information on rights, entitlements and legal representation, to access to a host of additional benefits

How can I find out more? 

Please contact your local branch or check out our FAQ page to find out more about becoming a member.

Click here to download the membership sign-up form.

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