Special Constabulary

Dorset Police Special Constabulary

"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

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

The next recruitment campaign we anticipate will be early 2019.


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.

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.

Positive Action

The Equality Act 2010 allows for the use of ‘positive action’ in a number of specific circumstances. Positive action can be taken to encourage people from particular groups to take advantage of opportunities for work or training. This can be done when under representation of particular groups has been identified in the previous year. This is clearly the case in the police service both nationally and locally. Dorset Police is committed to ensuring that it has a workforce that is representative of the community it serves. Positive action is not positive discrimination which generally means employing someone because of their particular group/protected characteristic in spite of whether they have the right skills or qualifications. Positive discrimination is unlawful.

If you are considering applying to be a Special and you are from a currently under represented group then please get in touch to find out more about positive action at positiveaction@dorset.pnn.police.uk

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