Ever considered becoming a Special Constable?

Recruitment is open 7th November and closes at midnight on the 5th December .

Dyfed Powys Police is looking for enthusiastic people who have a special quality and are willing to volunteer their time to join the force as Special Constables in Ceredigion, Powys and Pembrokeshire.

Working as a Special Constable can be done alongside studying, other employment or in retirement.  You can use your experience from jobs and life to provide a different perspective and way of looking at some of our policing challenges.

You will receive the necessary and appropriate training to allow you work alongside full-time police officers. You will have the same powers as a police officer whilst on duty, and help provide a link between the police and local communities.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn, gain new experiences, work with others and give something to the community.


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: http://www.ncalt.com/pre-join/index.html

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.

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.

Completed applications can either be sent via email to hradmin@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by post to:

HR Business Support Unit
Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters
PO Box 99
SA31 2PF

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 contact the Citizens in Policing Co-ordinator on 01267 226463 or via email on volunteers@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

We will require the following evidence to be made available as part of the transferee process –

  • 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.

Contact Details

If you have any queries in relation to Special Constable vacancies or the application process, please send an email to: volunteers@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, you contact the Force Citizens in Policing Co-ordinator on 01267 226463 OR 101 ext 23643.