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Unleash your potential: Become a Special Constable with Northumbria Police

Do you want to do something different after your 9-5? This is your chance to make a real impact

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 06.01.2024

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Do you want to make a difference in the place you call home?  Well, we’ve got an opportunity that might just change your life.

If you’re bored of the repetitive routine of your day job and want to do something meaningful, how about joining the ranks as a Special Constable with Northumbria Police?

It’s not your typical after-hours gig; this unique volunteer opportunity gives you a chance to shake up your routine, learn new skills, and make a real difference in your local community.


What is a Special Constable?

Special Constables are the unsung heroes of law enforcement – volunteers with the same uniform and powers as regular officers.

They’re the backbone of community policing, bridging the gap between the police force and the neighbourhoods they serve. Imagine having the chance to have a positive impact in your local community after your regular day job.

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What’s in it for you? 

As a Special Constable, you could find yourself responding to emergency calls, patrolling on foot or in a vehicle, or even tackling issues like antisocial behaviour and road safety.

But it’s not just about the thrill of the job. It’s about being part of something bigger – the policing family.

Your contribution as a volunteer is invaluable, helping to keep people safe and fight crime.

Plus, the skills you gain are transferable, enhancing both your personal and professional development.

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Your wellbeing matters

Worried about your wellbeing as a volunteer? Fear not. Northumbria Police has your back.

They invest in a range of wellbeing measures, from a 24/7 employee assistance line to mental health first aiders and trauma teams.

You’re not just a volunteer; you are part of a community that cares about your safety, health, and support.

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Do you have what it takes?

Joining as a Special Constable requires qualities like integrity, honesty, tact, and good communication skills.

If you thrive on variety, extensive public contact, and personal responsibility, you’re exactly who they’re looking for.

You’ll need to commit to regular, initial training over four months to prepare you for your role. Then, you’ll be required to commit a minimum of four hours a week to your new role.

HLN TOP TIP: Check out the eligibility criteria before you dive in – you want to make sure you’re the right fit.

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Perks of being a Special Constable

Now, let’s talk perks. Beyond the satisfaction of contributing to your community, you get access to sports and social clubs, discounted travel, and a Blue Light card for some fantastic discounts.

Plus, to keep up your fitness you can take advantage of the on-site gyms at a selection of stations.

Ready to join #TeamNP? Here’s what you need to know…

Before you hit the apply button, take some time to understand the application process and eligibility requirements. It’s a rewarding role but preparation is key.

Check out Northumbria Police’s website to learn more about the application process or sign up for an information event today.

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