Am I eligible?

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Am I eligible?

Before you apply, please check that you meet all the following criteria to ensure that you are eligible to apply to become a special.

You need to be a British citizen or a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area, or Switzerland. Commonwealth citizens and foreign nationals who are resident in the UK and free from restrictions are also eligible to apply.

•Ideally, you should not have a criminal record. If you have a conviction as an adult or juvenile it is unlikely that you will be suitable, but some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you.

•You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgements against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA).

We are firmly committed to the principles of equal opportunities and encourage applications from all sections of our communities. We also encourage applicants from different age groups including those who are looking to acquire and develop new skills.

The minimum age to apply is 18 years, and there is no upper age limit. You should bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police constables and sergeants is 60 years.

You will need to be physically fit, and you will need to pass the job-related fitness test. You will undergo a medical screening and will also need to meet the minimum eyesight standards for corrected (glasses or contact lenses) and uncorrected vision. For more information go to

If you have any questions about becoming a special, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.


All candidates for the Special Constabulary will be subject to the same vetting procedures as apply to regular police officers.


You do not need to be working to become a special. You can be unemployed or at home bringing up a family. Some people’s employment will, however, be deemed a conflict of interest. Members of the armed forces, for example, cannot serve as specials. For details of other jobs affected, you may view the 01/2011 special constable eligibility circular on the College of Policing Special Constabulary website at If you are still uncertain as to your eligibility or have any questions, please contact the HR Shared Service Centre on 0300 122 8900.

Financial checks

Financial checks are carried out because police officers have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption. Applicants with outstanding County Court Judgements, who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application.

If you need further information on the eligibility criteria then please contact the HR Shared Service Centre on 0300 122 8900.

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