Special Constable - Isle of Wight - HC470550

Posted on 10th Mar 2022

Special Constable - Isle of Wight - HC470550

Special Constable - HC470550

Location - Isle of Wight

Contract: Volunteer

Hours: Minimum 16 hours per month


Policing is a career like no other. Our police officers, police staff and volunteers show courage, teamwork and compassion on a daily basis to make a real difference to people’s lives in the communities they serve.

We look for all kinds of skills, because we know it takes all kinds of people to protect the public. Problem solving, compassion, resilience, respect, courage and teamwork. These are the qualities we are looking for, and if you think you might have the skills to serve why not apply?


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About the role


As a Special Constable you will work closely with regular officers to police local communities.  You would have the same powers and wear the same uniform as a regular police officer; be given proper training for the role and gain thorough grounding in many aspects of police work before you are expected to carry out any police duties.  Being a Special Constable is a challenging and rewarding role.  We’re looking for people who can empathise with others and listen to their needs.  Special Constables are required to commit a minimum of 16 hours per month to Hampshire Constabulary in order to help protect our communities, this equates to 192 hours per year.

As a Special Constable you will take part in frontline police work as either response & patrol or neighbourhood policing team officers.  This could mean anything from keeping town centres safe at night to conducting house-to-house enquiries or helping prevent vulnerable members of the community from becoming victims of crime as well as patrolling in crime hotspots or taking part in crime-prevention initiatives.  Hampshire Constabulary Special Constables wear personal protective equipment when on duty in the form of body armour.  It’s a role with the potential to send you home every day with a tangible feeling of pride, knowing you’ve volunteered to make a real difference in the community you serve.

Some people join the Constabulary to be a career Special Constable and others join as it opens up opportunities to develop skills and experience needed to serve in other roles such as a police officer.  Whatever your reason for joining you will be part of the policing family and a valued member of Hampshire Constabulary, an organisation that is committed to the wellbeing of all its officers, staff and volunteers.



This role is a voluntary role and hours can be completed flexibly in order to fit around your current commitments. You are only required to complete a minimum 16 hours per month (192 hours per year).

Our benefits are extensive too and include:

Access to Hampshire Police Leisure and Sport (providing a range of family and sporting activities).

Gym facilities at a number of our buildings.

Access to Hampshire Constabulary’s wide range of wellbeing services

You also have the opportunity to be part of a large organisation with all the potential opportunity for development and progression that can bring.  Many police officers start off life in other police roles, which can provide vital experience that gives them the edge over other candidates.

Essential Application Criteria


This role is subject to satisfactory vetting clearance. While you don’t need any specific qualifications, it is important that you’re professional under pressure: able to work with others, assess information, consider options and make clear, justifiable decisions. You must meet our eligibility criteria and the assessment process. The role is both mentally and physically challenging.

As well as a medical examination (you must be deemed fit for duty and this will include BMI measurement, which must be between 18 and 30 at point of application), there’s a fitness test you must pass at bleep level 5.4 (and repeat annually). Then, once you’re in, we’ll give you comprehensive training on the legal impact of the role, and how to deal with different situations and characters. 

Competencies for the role


In evaluating applications we assess against the following Competencies and Personal Qualities.

Reading the below links will assist you in the application process.

We Are Emotionally Aware   Level 1
We Take Ownership Level 1
We are Collaborative Level1
We Analyse Critically Level 1
We Deliver, Support and Inspire Level 1
We Are Innovative and Open Minded Level 1
Public Service

How do I apply?


If you’ve got the skills and qualities we are looking for as a Special Constable, please follow this online application link to apply. Please note that you will not need to attach a CV or Covering letter to your application. Please disregard the prompt to attach these when applying.

Prior to completing the application it is essential that you review the information links below.

Special Constable - Introduction to Applicants

Special Constable Seminar Pack

A full role profile for the Special Constable role can be viewed here.


Please note that this is a rolling recruitment campaign, however we only run Isle of Wight intakes twice a year.  Whilst applications will be shortlisted regularly, the regularity of the intakes could cause a delay in the progression of your application.  You will be given more information as soon as we have received your application.


As well as Special Constable roles we are often advertising for a range of other volunteering roles as well as roles for police officer and staff. More about this is available by searching “Hampshire Police careers” online.


To allow us to promptly review applications and determine eligibility, we ask candidates to upload pictures of their tattoos in the "My Documents" section of the application form so that they can be reviewed and approved.  Please note, that if we are not able to review your tattoos promptly, there may be a delay to your application being processed. 


Thank you for your interest, and if you have any queries please get in touch with the Police Recruitment team on 01962 846438 or email: police.recruitment@hants.gov.uk





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Hampshire Constabulary is an inclusive employer and strives to have a workforce representative of the communities we police and serve. We recognise that we are not fully representative and are working to address this imbalance through a variety of initiatives.


The Equality Act 2010 allows us to promote equality within Hampshire Constabulary by adopting Positive Action to support people from under-represented groups. Our aim is to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our Positive Action team are available to provide support through the application and assessment process by contacting: positive.action@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


The Disability Confident campaign aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that people have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We will accommodate requests for reasonable adjustments where possible throughout our recruitment and promotions processes and encourage anyone requiring reasonable adjustments to disclose this at the earliest opportunity.

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