Cambridgeshire Special Constable

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Special Constable Campaign
Local Policing Command
Forcewide

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.

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24/09/2023, 23:55

The Special Constabulary plays an important role in providing additional officers at local events, such as peak times on Friday and Saturday nights. Specials are out on patrol in the community, attending crime scenes, monitoring traffic, and making arrests. Most importantly, the Special Constables act as a safe, reassuring presence for the people of Cambridgeshire working together to fight crime and keep the people safe.

People join the Special Constabulary for many different reasons, many wanting to give something back to the community. It allows them to learn new skills, see new things and make a tangible difference to the lives of the public they serve.

If you’re 18 or over, and can commit to initial training, then you can help keep your community safe as a Special Constable.

Special constables start their journey with a 15-week training course during evenings and weekends where they learn the basics of policing and work towards gaining their warrant card. They will gain an understanding of law, how to deal with different situations and personal safety training. Once the course is complete they will be awarded their warrant card by a senior member of the force in front of family and friends. After that they will sign up to shifts and work alongside our regular officers to start working with the community and gain the essential practical policing skills. Please be aware that there is a minimum need to work 16 hours per month in this role.

Once they have worked alongside officers and gained a better understanding of policing they will be allocated to a response or community team to help implement warrants, closure orders, work with people in some of the worst moments of their lives and ultimately make Cambridgeshire a safer place. There are also many opportunities available to move into specialist areas across the entirety of Cambridgeshire Constabulary. 

A Special Constable is an extraordinary person, a remarkable person, a special person. Join us and be that person.

The role of Special Constable is open to all applicants. However, certain occupations may mean that you are ineligible to apply for the role of Special Constable. These include, but are not limited to: the regular armed forces, traffic wardens/parking attendants, security/door staff, and on-road Highway Traffic Patrol Officers. Please contact a member of the recruitment team for further information by emailing: recruitment@bch.police.uk

To enable us to deliver outstanding policing for everyone, we need people from all backgrounds with a range of professional and life experiences so that we are truly representative of our communities.

Why work for Cambridgeshire Constabulary?

We have gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then we are the force for you.

Benefits include:
•    Access to the local government pension scheme (police staff) or Police pension scheme (Police officers) including career average, employer contributions and death in service. 
•    Paid leave days depending on force and length of service (police staff - 24 to 33 days, police officers 22 to 30 days).
•    Paid sick leave of six months full pay and six months half pay (depending on service).
•    Occupational maternity, adoption, and paternity pay (dependent on service).
•    Carers and discretionary leave.
•    Flexible working arrangements including compressed hours, flexible shifts, job share, annualised hours and agile working (depending on role requirements).
•    Gym facilities, weekly yoga classes, exercise classes, squash facilities, exercise space etc. are available (depending on location).
•    Each force has its own sports or sports and social club, offering discounts, trips, and events.
•    Cycle to Work scheme.
•    Access to Blue Light Card providing discounts to Emergency Services on the high street and online.
•    Access to Police Mutual providing financial support including savings plans, insurance, breakdown cover, loans and independent financial advice.
•    Employee Assistance Programme.
•    Various support groups including Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Support Group, Christian Police Association (CPA), Disability Awareness Network (DAWN), Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual & transgender (LGBT), Menopause Action Group, Police Chaplains.
•    Access to a Trade Union (UNISON)/Staff Association (Federation).
•    The Backup Buddy Police Support app is designed to help with mental health issues and gives practical advice and support as well as a range of podcasts.
•    Opportunities for development and further study including Further You Talent Management, Be You BCH Senior Leadership Programme, and supervisory leadership workshops.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible Working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory Lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and Safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Useful information before you commence an application

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained. 

You will also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have.

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving license including photos.

This advert is closed to applications.