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Special Constable - Isle of Wight - HC614076

Special Constable - HC614076

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?


To find out more about the role and the commitment required please use the links below:


Special Constable - Introduction to Applicants

Special Constable Briefing Pack


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






Awareness Events


It is recommended that you join us for one of our online Special Constabulary Awareness events; these are a great opportunity to find out more about the recruitment process, the role of a Special Constable, the training provided and commitment required, as well as a chance to ask any questions that you may have.  


Please sign up via the Eventbrite link below:


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary Events | Eventbrite

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 a 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 and we are looking for people who can empathise with others and listen to their needs.


As a Special Constable, you will take part in frontline police work either as a response & patrol or neighbourhoods officer.  This could mean anything from keeping town centres safe at night, conducting house-to-house enquiries, helping prevent vulnerable members of the community from becoming victims of crime, patrolling in crime hotspots, or taking part in crime-prevention initiatives.  It’s a role with the potential to send you home every shift with a tangible feeling of pride, knowing you’ve volunteered to make a real difference in the community you serve.


Being a Special Constable is a voluntary role.  Special Constables are required to commit a minimum of 16 hours per month to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary, this equates to 192 hours per year.  These hours are usually worked alongside a regular shift.


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 and Isle of Wight Constabulary, an organisation that is committed to the wellbeing of all its officers, staff and volunteers.



Our benefits are extensive and include:


  • Gym facilities at a number of our buildings.
  • Access to Hampshire Police Leisure and Sport (providing a range of family and sporting activities).
  • Access to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary’s wide range of wellbeing services
  • Access to retail and hospitality discounts via a Blue light Card (subscription applies)


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 life in other police roles, which can provide vital experience, giving 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 pass the assessment process.


As well as a medical examination, there is also a fitness test which you must pass (this will be repeated annually).

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.


Please note that this is a rolling recruitment campaign. Applications will be shortlisted regularly. 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 at: or call 02380 8045 1611.






Please note that the email address you supply when submitting an application will be used for contact throughout the full lifecycle of that vacancy. You will not be able to amend your contact details. You should therefore ensure that you choose an appropriately accessible email address, being mindful that the process may take several months for some roles.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight 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.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary is an equal opportunities employer that positively promotes flexible working, enabling officers and staff to achieve a healthy work-life balance whilst meeting operational requirements of the constabulary. We actively encourage applications to be made on a full time, part time or flexible working basis.

The Equality Act 2010 allows us to promote equality within Hampshire and Isle of Wight 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:

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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