The Special Constabulary is a vital resource for Dyfed-Powys Police. They are a force of trained volunteers who provide valuable support to regular police officers to increase the police presence within our local communities.
What are Special Constables?
Special Constables are voluntary police officers who have full constabulary powers to support Police Officers. They create a link between the police and local communities.
Special Constables come from all walks of life. They are local people from varied backgrounds and all sections of the communities (such as teachers, farmers, students, house wives etc.)
Whether bringing up a family, studying, retired or in part/full time employment, Special Constables are an integral part of the policing family. They actively contribute to giving something back to the community.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join Dyfed-Powys Police as a Special Constable.
No formal qualifications are required however, we expect honesty, integrity and a sense of commitment. You must be physically fit with good interpersonal skills and the self-confidence to deal with a wide variety of people.
The role will include working alongside regular officers, developing new skills and learning what being a police officer is really like. You will be provided with the same police uniform and equipment as a regular officer along with on-going support and the requisite training to perform the role.
We ask for a commitment of 16 hours service a month (4 hours per week). Working hours are flexible and you will need to be available to attend the initial training courses. Expenses will be paid for any expenditure occurred.
Being a Special Constable may not always be easy but you will find the work challenging, varied and immensely enjoyable.
Take the test using the link below to access further information and see if you are up to the challenge:
How to apply?
Before applying, please ensure that you read through the Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process and Guidance Notes. These guidelines and the tips provided below will support you in completing the application form.
Special Constable application forms can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment link below or alternatively, you can contact us directly to receive a copy.
Application forms can be returned to Dyfed-Powys Police electronically, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively, the completed form can be posted to the address below:
Neighbourhood Development Team
Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters
PO Box 99
Please ensure that you pay sufficient postage to cover the retuning application to us. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check whether their application is received.
Applications will be sifted on the basis of eligibility and your responses to the competency based questions. The competencies section assesses whether applicants can demonstrate the core skills needed to be effective in the role of a Special Constable. These questions will be marked at the CBQ sifting process. Check punctuation, spelling and grammar thoroughly as you will also be marked on this.
Further information and support on the competencies section is available under the Selection Process and Guidance Notes.
Application – tips for completing the form
- Answer all of the questions to the best of your ability. If you leave a question blank, it is highly unlikely you will move on to the next stage.
- Follow the prompts given in each question. They will help to give your answers a clearer structure.
- Use examples from your work, social, domestic or educational life to answer the questions. In these examples, we are looking for evidence of specific behaviours which research has shown to be essential to police work.
- Be specific: we want to know what YOU said or did on a given occasion to deal with the situation. It’s therefore important that the examples you provide are your own experiences and are as detailed as possible.
- Try to use examples that you found difficult or challenging to deal with. These answers tend to achieve better marks.
- Write clearly and concisely. We expect your answers to be focused, succinct and fluently written, as any police report or statement would need to be. This means writing in complete sentences rather than notes or bullet points, but bear in mind that there is a character count on each of the questions.
- Pay attention to your handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Remember this is a formal application so the use of jargon and slang is unacceptable. It would be a good idea to use Word in the first instance to spell-check your answers before copying them into the application form.
- Don’t leave it until the last minute to submit your application, once the closing date arrives the system closes automatically and your application will not accepted.
Transferee Special Constables
We welcome applications from current serving Special Constables looking to transfer to Dyfed-Powys Police.
To apply, please complete the Special Constable Application form and return it with:
- a covering letter stating the name of the force you wish to transfer from
- evidence of your training record
- evidence of your Performance Development Records (if applicable)
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and should have a commitment to attend training during both initial and divisional phases. You must also be prepared to carry out self-study prior to the course and during initial training.