Special Constable

Kent Police

Ref: 1587

Posted: 01/02/2024 Start Date: May 2024 (weekend training) / July 2024 (intensive training)

Interview Date: Throughout February and March 2024

Pay: Voluntary Role

Close Date: 28/02/2024 at 23:00

Job Description

Are you good with people and passionate about helping others? Kent Police has an exciting and unique opportunity for you to become a special constable.

Special constables are volunteer police officers. They take part in frontline police work and wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and hold the same power of arrest as regular police officers.
Kent Police specials come from all walks of life and have a diverse range of skills and experiences, from teachers, doctors, full-time parents, university students, directors, office workers and even airline pilots.

As a special constable you'll make a positive difference to the people of Kent supporting regular police officers, undertaking patrols and investigating reports of crime. The most important part of your job will be to protect life and ensure public safety, but you'll also build relationships with local communities, prevent and detect crime, support victims and witnesses and keep people safe. Through our support and dedicated police training, we'll prepare you for it all.

Becoming a special constable offers many benefits for both personal and professional development. Many special constables tell us that the experiences and training they receive has increased their self-confidence and in their workplace, they are better listeners, stronger negotiators and can be more objective in situations. Three quarters of volunteers say volunteering has made them feel physically healthier and lowered their stress levels which not only benefits you, but your organisation too. Staff who are special constables are widely regarded by employers as being more committed, dependable, confident, and responsible in the workplace.

You can volunteer at times which fit around your life and commitments – Kent Police will make your shifts work for you. Many specials who work within the education sector choose to complete their required hours during the school holidays.

Training will include both classroom and on-the-job training where you will gain valuable practical experience, which will prepare you for the role. You will work towards achieving the ‘Special Constables Learning Programme’ (SCLP), which is part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

We have two training options:

1) Intensive training - this will take place over four weeks during summer 2024. The training will run Monday to Friday and may suit those who do not work during the summer such as those from within the education sector and students.

2) Weekend training - that takes place every other weekend.

Visit the Kent Police website to check the eligibility criteria and follow the steps to start your application: - https://www.kent.police.uk/police-forces/kent-police/areas/kent-police/c/specials-and-volunteers/special-constable/who-we-are-looking-for/

Contact Information

Telephone: 01622 653070

Email: recruitment@ecis.police.uk

Website: kent.police.uk/specials

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