Specials Recruitment is open

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Are you looking for a volunteer role like no other? Recruitment to join our Special Constabulary opens today (9 November).

Apply now and find out more: Specials Recruitment Application Link

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your community or are thinking of a career with the police, this could be for you.

By giving a minimum of 16 hours a month, you can support local policing on top of gaining skills and experience in a unique volunteer role. Specials are based across the county and sit within our Community Policing Teams working alongside regular officers.

Register your interest now and complete our online eligibility test to find out if the role is for you. You will have the opportunity to find what it is like to be a Special and the commitment required at one of our information events before you formally apply.

Superintendent Phil Staynings, Citizens in Policing Lead at Wiltshire Police, said: "This is an exciting time to become a Special at Wiltshire Police.

"IT provision is improving, training is improving, and, like regular officers, Specials are now under Community Policing Team Sergeant and Inspector line management - our Specials really are at the heart of policing here in Wiltshire and Swindon.

"It is really important that our Specials reflect the communities we are here to serve. We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to apply - women, people who identify from an ethnic minority background, LBGTQ+ and individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Our Positive Action team will be on-hand to support and guide people from underrepresented groups throughout the whole recruitment process and answer any questions".

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: "Throughout my term as Police and Crime Commissioner, I am proud to have invested heavily in the Special Constabulary. That investment has paid dividends by allowing Wiltshire Police to buck the national trend and to find talented people from a range of backgrounds who wish to contribute to keeping their communities safe.

"When our Specials wear their uniforms, they look the same as regular officers, have the same powers as regular officers and can face the same challenges and hazards whilst keeping the peace in their communities.

"One minute you might be helping with incidents such as missing people, road crashes, tracking down offenders trying to avoid arrest and the next you might be checking dangerous environments such as collapsed buildings and firearms incidents. This is a volunteer role like no other.

"It makes me so proud to know that almost 200 people in Wiltshire and Swindon are prepared to make such a personal sacrifice for no financial reward. If this role interests you, please do apply and I look forward to welcoming you at an information evening soon".

Recruitment closes at 12 noon on Monday 30 November. Applications start with online registration and an eligibility test - if you are successful, you will be invited to an information event to find out more about the role before formally applying.

Further information can be found on our Specials website
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