Special Constable recruitment


Special constables are volunteer police officers who come from all walks of life. Our volunteers have a vast range of skills and experience across a range of sectors and include teachers, GPs, project managers, retailers, directors and police control room operators.

This opportunity is available in Burnley, Colne, Blackburn, Lancaster, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Blackpool, Chorley, West Lancashire, Leyland and Preston. You will be placed were the need is, however we will take into consideration where you live.

The process for this role is application, assessment centre, interview, physical, medical, vetting, 8 weekends of training (over a 16 week period).

You must be able to commit a minimum of 16 hours per month to this role, to include evenings and weekends.

This post is subject to enhanced vetting.




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Once you have completed your training, you will spend time on emergency response and with a neighbourhood team when you first join us. You’ll provide a police presence in town centres on weekend nights, respond to domestic violence incidents, deal with local issues around Anti-social behaviour and help people who are going through a mental health crisis. You will then have a further 12 months to complete on-the-job training/assessments. There is additional mandatory training and some instances you may have to attend court. There is a minimum requirement of 16 hours per month volunteering for this role.


Required Qualities:

  • We are looking for keen and enthusiastic people who are seeking a sense of personal fulfilment and who want to develop their personal and professional skills, to join us as special constables.
  • Empathy and compassion.
  • We are actively encouraging applications from those who already have a career and have transferable skills that they can bring. There are over 200 companies signed up to the Employer Supported Policing Scheme, which gives staff an agreed amount of paid leave per year to support police volunteering.
  • There is a minimum commitment of 16 volunteering hours per month to fit in over 24 hours a day seven days a week. As a volunteer, we ask you to provide your time and expertise without financial reward, although you can claim travel expenses to and from your place of volunteering and in some instances a meal allowance.
  • You must be age 18 or over (no upper age limit)
  • Have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years
  • Must be a British citizen, member of EC or EEA, and resident in the UK free of restrictions
  • If you have been to prison you can’t join us. Any criminal convictions – you must tell us.


Successful applicants will receive the same standard of training as regular police officers and will be issued with the same powers, equipment and uniform.

Initially you will need to be available to attend our training which is currently eight weekends (not consecutive) over a 16 week, along with some E-learning prior to and during this period. The training is held at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters, Hutton. Once you have completed this there will be a requirement to attend additional ad hoc mandatory training days.


Required Age:

18 years +


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This opportunity is available across Lancashire.

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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