Special Constabulary

Dorset Police Special Constabulary

The recruitment campaign to join the Special Constabulary is now closed.

Special Inspectors Ben Muspratt, Mark Bussel, John Hannan and Special Superintendent Rich King were on hand to answer questions about joining the Special Constabulary. See above!

Becoming a special constable (volunteer police officer) is your chance to give something back in a unique way. Everything you do will be centered on looking after the community, from businesses and residents to tourists, football supporters and motorists. And you’ll be a vital, valued part of Making Dorset safer and making Dorset feel safer.

In terms of a volunteering opportunity, there’s simply nothing else like it. Special Constables work on the front line with regular police officers as a visible reassuring presence. As a Special Constable you will tackle a range of policing issues whether that be attending incidents, taking part in specialist operations or routine patrols.

The role allows you to support and help resolve issues for the people of Dorset, not to mention learn skills and gain experience that could really enhance your career prospects in future.

You just need to be able to work a minimum of 16 hours a month. You should have the same personal qualities as our regular officers, the most important of which is the desire to give something back to the community. You can be from any walk of life, as long as you are over 18.

Use these pages to find out more about being a Special Constable with Dorset Police. If you have any general queries please email specials-recruitment@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Interested in other areas of Police volunteering across the country? View them on the National Citizens in Policing website.

Dorset Police Vision Statement

We believe that the Special Constabulary are an integral part of the wider policing family, providing a flexible, visible, responsive and committed resource which assists us to improve service delivery and find solid solutions to crime and disorder problems. We are committed to supporting the recruitment, training and development of our Special Constables and providing them with the necessary skills and equipment to undertake their role.

"Becoming a volunteer Special Constable is a great way for you to make a difference in your community, whilst at the same time developing your personal skills. Special Constables come from all walks of life but whatever your background, you will take pride from giving something back to the community of Dorset. We are keen to exploit the skills you can bring. We are expanding the roles that Special Constables can fulfil, with posts for marine officers, wildlife officers and rural officers all coming on line this year. I am constantly humbled and inspired by the commitment shown by Special Constables and will support you, on your journey in becoming a Special and in serving the people of Dorset."

Martyn Underhill, Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset

British Sign Language

We have a video available which provides some important information about Police Community Support Officers and their role, communicated by British Sign Language. You can view these videos by following this link.

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