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Become a volunteer police officer with Essex Police!

Essex Police is on the lookout for community spirited individuals who can volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours a month as Special Constables.

The force is the fastest growing Special Constabulary in the UK as well as the second largest and is looking to grow its family of more than 480 volunteer police officers in order to make an even bigger difference to the residents of Essex.

Special Constables are volunteer police officers with the same policing powers and uniform as paid police officers who sacrifice their free time to help others. Coming from all walks of life, Specials volunteer their time for a variety of reasons including wanting to put their free time to good use, wanting to help in the communities their families live in and trying the police officer role out before committing full time.

There will be opportunities to go on duty with or join different teams including the Dog Section, the Marine Unit, Roads Policing and the force is currently offering two new and exciting opportunities to work in a volunteer detective type role in the Serious Crime Directorate.

Specials are reimbursed for expenses and a number of employers across the county are part of the Essex Police Employer Supported Policing scheme where an employee is given a certain amount of paid days per year to go on duty in their communities.


In order to join:

You’ll need to be over 18

Be a British, Commonwealth, European Economic Area (EEA) citizen or have an indefinite right to stay in the UK

Have resided in the UK for a continuous period of three years immediately prior to the date of application

As far as you are aware, be medically able to join the Special Constabulary

More information about eligibility can be found on the Essex Police website:

Once you’ve applied, interviewed and been accepted into the Special Constabulary, there are two initial training courses to choose from:

The 14 day alternate weekends training course takes place at the Essex Police College every other Saturday and Sunday for 7 weeks.

The four-week intensive training course takes place at the Essex Police College Monday to Friday for four weeks.

After you complete your initial training course, you will receive your warrant card and will continue your training on the job with regular officers and Special Constables with Independent Patrol Status. You’ll work through a portfolio and once complete, you’ll be signed off with Independent Patrol Status and can go on duty alone.

Apply online today at


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