Bedfordshire Special Constable

Special Constable
Bedfordshire Police Force

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 Bedfordshire 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 Bedfordshire a safer place. There are also many opportunities available to move into specialist areas across the entirety of Bedfordshire Police. 

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: 

This opportunity is closed to applications.