What are specials in the police?

What are specials in the police?

Special Constables (or “Specials”) are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers. They work in partnership with regular officers and the wider policing family, such as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Do special constables still exist?

It is one of three Special Constabularies operating within London, the others being part of the City of London Police and British Transport Police. The service was created over 180 years ago under the Special Constables Act 1831. As of November 2021 it consists of 1,832 officers, making it the largest in the UK.

What are volunteer police called UK?

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) work with police officers and share some, but not all of their powers. Special constables are volunteers who have the same powers as police.

How do special constables help the police?

Improve public confidence and support victims by detecting and investigating crime. Improve communication with communities by providing an important link between them. Assist the force with many aspects of policing, from high-visibility patrols to traffic operations, counter-terrorism and community safety.

What are special constables UK?

A Special Constable is a volunteer who has all of the same powers as a regular police officer, and offers support to the regular constabulary.

How many police officers are in South Yorkshire?

South Yorkshire Police
Overviewed by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services Independent Office for Police Conduct
Headquarters Sheffield
Sworn members 2,710 (As of August 2013)
Unsworn members 2,218 (As of August 2013)

How many special constables are there in Suffolk?

Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk and Norfolk Constabulary
Headquarters Martlesham
Sworn members 1,150 (of which 143 are Special Constables)
PCSOs 45
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Tim Passmore

Do special constables get free travel?

Free travel is available on and off duty, and it is open to all Metropolitan Special Constables who perform at least 200 hours duty a year. Your daily commute to and from your day job could become free.

Can special constables become police officers?

Whilst time served as a Special will not guarantee a position as a regular officer, it gives you an insight into the service and will help you meet the criteria and gain the attributes needed to become a police officer.