From Devon and Cornwall Police:
Devon and Cornwall Police is now (until 29th June 2018) open to applications of interest from people who would like to volunteer their time and serve as a Special Constable with the Force.
To apply and to find out more, please visit the recruitment section on the Devon and Cornwall Police website here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-right-to-information/our-people/recruitment/special-constables
It is an enduring myth that Special Constables do not have the same powers as regular police constables, but they do, and the contribution they make to policing in their communities is invaluable.
Chief Officer – Special Constabulary Marc Kastner said: “The reason that people from all walks of life volunteer to be Special Constables, namely the desire to give something back to their community, is precisely the desire to be of service to the public that we look for.
“For that reason and others, the role of Special Constable which is carried out around a person’s other work commitments is very fulfilling, and really does give something back.”
You can apply for the Special Constabulary if you are over the age of 18 but, another myth busted, there is no upper age limit for applying (the compulsory age for retirement will remain at 60 with the potential for an extension to 65 with permission and if the individual is physically fit).
Neither are there any height restrictions, and so long as you are physically fit and in good health with reasonable uncorrected eyesight you are in with a chance. All other criteria are listed on the Devon and Cornwall Police website here www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-right-to-information/our-people/recruitment/special-constables/entry-requirements and you can ask any questions by emailing email@example.com
As with all voluntary opportunities with Devon and Cornwall Police, recruitment for Special Constables is done with a strong commitment to equality and diversity both within the organisation and in the service provided, in order to employ a representative workforce that reflects the diverse communities that Devon & Cornwall Police serves.
This “positive action” approach means that applications are welcomed from all age groups and from, for instance but not limited to, women and black and other ethnic minority groups.
You can read more about positive action here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-right-to-information/our-people/recruitment/what-is-positive-action and more about other voluntary roles with Devon and Cornwall Police here: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-right-to-information/our-people/recruitment/police-support-volunteers/