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Northumbria Police; Special Constabulary

Description of what will be involved: 

 

The Special Constabulary is a form of serving your community like no other.  By volunteering as a special constable, you will support the work of your police force in your local community

The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police.  The importance of the special constabulary cannot be under estimated and the need is as great today as it ever has been.

"Specials", as special constables are known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, HR advisers, secretaries, or an number of other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum four hours of their time each week to Northumbria Police.

People considering joining the special constabulary for a variety of reasons.  These may include giving something back to their community; learning new skills and gaining valuable experience for a C.V.; for a personal challenge; or to learn about the police before committing to a full-time career with the service.

Becoming a special can help develop self-respect and self-confidence; improve your communication skills; and learn more about your community.

There are a range of options available to you to learn more about the volunteer role of a special constable and what it takes to keep our communities safe from harm.  These are some suggestions on how to gain real insight into what life as a special constable in Northumbria Police looks like:

  • you can approach any officer/special constable on patrol on the street
  • you can meet our officers at any of the various community events throughout the region
  • you can request to vist a police station to speak with a special constable/officer.  In order to arrange this, you can email our recruitment team on upsrecruitment@northumrbia.pnn.police.uk to request a discussion.  Please provide your contact details and the area where you live so we can arrange for the visit to take place at a suitable time. 

Northumbria Police requires a minimum commitment of 200 hours per annum.  This includes time spent performing duty and undertaking training.  Whilst this equates to around 4 hours a week, you will get most benefit from the role if you are able to work a full shift with your regular officer colleagues and if you can attend at times when demand for policing services is at its highest.  Our peak times are evenings/nights and weekends, bank holidays and key events in the sporting calendar.  You should give careful consideration as to how you will fit this into your lifestyle and around any work/family/social commitments.  If you can align with a regular shift and support them during their busy times than both you and the organisation will achieve most benefit from the role.

Shift patterns have an average of 40 hours per week and variation on patterns exist to accommodate local priorities.    

 

Opportunity Location: 
Skills and qualifications needed: 

Special constables have a unique contribution to make in all areas of policing.  Working in neighbourhoods, 24/7 operational policing an more specialist roles, you will be a visible presence on our streets, working alongside regular police officers to tackle issues and respond to incidents.  Special Constables provide an extensive pool of skills, talents, experience and knowledge and provide a kay link within the communities in which you work and serve.

Special constables must be able to talk to people effectively.  As a special constable you will be solving problems and making sound decisions every day.

We are looking for much the same personal qualities in specials that we look for in regular police officers:

Integrity
Honesty
Tact
Communication skills
Individuals who thrive on variety
Extensive public contact
A high level of personal responsibility.

You must be 18 years or over to apply.  There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service as a special constable.

You must declare any other employment or business interests you intend to maintain.

Areas of interest: 
Does opportunity require DBS check?: 
No
Additional Information: 

Convictions and cautions

Convictions or cautions will not necessarily preclude you from appointment.  It will depend on the nature and the circumstances of the offence.

Applicants who fail to declare a relevant matter, including any conviction, caution and judicial or other formal disposal, whether spent or not, will be rejected on the grounds of integrity.

It is not appropriate to identify a prescriptive list of convictions and cautions that should lead to rejection of an application.  Each case will be considered on its own individual merits in relation to the role being undertaken within our standard vetting procedures.

Health & Fitness

You will be required to pass our medical checks and fitness test – to prove you’re ready for the physical demands of the job.  Northumbria Police will have regard to the Home Office Medical Standards and a detailed guidance document more commonly known as Annex A and B as approved by the national representative organisations of police force medical advisors when assessing candidates for the role of Special Constable.

All medical criteria will be checked – including eyesight – and Body Mass Index BMI (BMI must be at least 18 and no more than 30). 

There will also be a fitness test which allows an assessment to be made of your endurance to ensure you are able to meet the demands of operational policing.  The test focuses upon aerobic capacity.  The purpose of the fitness test is to ensure you have a basic level of fitness for entry into the police service.

There are a range of options available to you to learn more about the volunteer role of a special constable and what it takes to keep our communities safe from harm.  These are some suggestions on how to gain real insight into what life as a special constable in Northumbria Police looks like:

  • You can approach any officer/special constable on patrol on the street
  • You can meet our officers at any of the various community events throughout the region
  • You can request to visit a police station to speak with a special constable / officer.  In order to arrange this, you can email our recruitment team on upsrecruitment@northumbria.pnn.police.uk to request a discussion.    Please provide your contact details and the area where you live so we can arrange for the visit to take place at a suitable time.

Northumbria Police requires a minimum commitment of 200 hours per annum.  This includes time spent performing duty and undertaking training.  Whilst this equates to around 4 hours a week, you will get most benefit from the role if you are able to work a full shift with your regular officer colleagues and if you can attend at times when demand for policing services is at its highest.  Our peak times are evenings/nights and weekends, bank holidays and key events in the sporting calendar.  You should give careful consideration as to how you will fit this in to your lifestyle and around any work/family/social commitments.  If you can align with a regular shift and support them during their busy times than both you and the organisation will achieve most benefit from the role.

Full time/Part time/Short term Other:: 
part time average of 4 hours per week.
Takes place on: 
Mondays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Fridays
Saturdays
Sundays
Times: 
shift pattens include: Monday
Opportunity start date: 
2nd September 2019
Opportunity end date: 
Tuesday, 31 December, 2019
Contact Person: 
Kate Marshall
Contact details: 
volunteering@gateshead.gov.uk

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