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Special Constabulary recruitment for 2023 is now closed.

Special Constabulary recruitment for 2024 will open soon.
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We are always open to enabling eligible Special Constables to transfer to Durham Constabulary. For more information contact S/Superintendent

Our Special Constables

Special constables are volunteer police officers who play a vital role in our aim to make County Durham and Darlington a safer place.

By investing your free time, you can make a real difference your community. You'll have the same powers as a regular police constable and will get a tremendous amount of pride from giving back to the community.

Those committed to taking on this exciting and rewarding role will need to complete a minimum of 16 hours per month. Special constables wear the same uniform and have the same powers and responsibilities as regular police officers and enjoy a variety of roles.

They carry out duties such as:

  • working within communities to tackle anti-social behaviour.
  • responding to 999 and 101 calls
  • foot and vehicle patrols
  • road safety initiatives
  • house-to-house enquiries
  • helping ensure public safety and security at both local and major events.
  • presenting evidence in court
  • offering crime prevention advice and promoting property marking initiatives

Currently our Special Constables work within many areas of Durham Constabulary including local community Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT), the Durham Roads & Armed Policing Team and 999 response teams across the county.

See Also:

Special Constabulary Selection Process

Special Constabulary Training

Special Constabulary Fitness

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