Preparing for the role2021-02-04T18:20:47+00:00

To help you better understand what volunteering as a Special in TeamNP is all about you can request to visit a station and speak with an officer.

During Covid-19 there will be an impact on the availability of this service. Please email our recruitment team at careers@northumbria.pnn.police.uk to discuss.

Be fit for the job

You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to be a Special; however you do need to be able to maintain a level of health and fitness, which will be tested at periodic intervals commencing during the pre-employment stage.

If you take regular exercise such as walking, swimming or jogging then you should have no problem with achieving and maintaining the required level of fitness. If you have concerns about your level of fitness you should take steps to start improving this (please check with your doctor before making any big changes to your fitness regime and lifestyle).

Hours of duty

Northumbria Police requires a minimum commitment of 200 hours per annum. This includes time spent performing duty and undertaking training. Whilst this equates to around 4 hours a week, you will get most benefit from the role if you are able to work a full shift with your regular officer colleagues and if you can attend at times when demand for policing services is at its highest.

Our peak times are evenings/nights and weekends, bank holidays and key events in the sporting calendar. You should give careful consideration as to how this will fit this into your lifestyle and around any work/family/social commitments. If you are able to align with a regular shift and support them during their busy times, then both you and the organisation will achieve most benefit from the role.

Training

As a special constable you will have the same powers as regular Northumbria police officers. You will be provided with a thorough training package which covers the many aspects of police work you will carry out.

Special constable training is currently a blended approach of classroom based training, pre-recorded sessions and live online sessions which you log into from home. The training will be held over an 18 week period  made up of Saturdays (8am to 4pm) Thursdays (6pm to 10pm) and some Sundays.

After successful completion of your training you will be formally appointed as a Special Constable at an Attestation Ceremony.

The course will start on a Saturday and will involve training in:

  • Professional Standards
  • Self Defence
  • First Aid
  • ICT
  • Legislation
  • Powers, Policies and Procedures

You need to be sure you can commit to this training when considering if this is a volunteer role for you. Training will continue whilst working with Northumbria Police as a special constable.

Positive Action and reasonable adjustments

If you are a candidate with a protected characteristic (BAME, Female, Disability, LGBT) please visit our Positive Action page before you start your application. For a conversation about the additional support available to you throughout the application process please contact us.

Be fit for the job

You must be able to cope with the physical demands of the job. You don’t need to be able to run a marathon; however you do need to be able to maintain a level of health and fitness throughout your career, which will be tested at periodic intervals commencing during the pre-employment stage.

If you take regular exercise such as walking, swimming or jogging then you should have no problem with achieving and maintaining the required level of fitness. If you have concerns about your level of fitness you should take steps to start improving this (please check with your doctor before making any big changes to your fitness regime and lifestyle).

Remember that fitness and health are pivotal aspects of a career in the police service. You are therefore required to reflect on your daily habits and routines and aim at constantly improving your overall health and fitness. This is not just an entry requirement, it is a commitment you must maintain throughout your career and one for which you are expected to take full personal responsibility.

Hours of duty

Northumbria Police requires a minimum commitment of 200 hours per annum. This includes time spent performing duty and undertaking training. Whilst this equates to around 4 hours a week, you will get most benefit from the role if you are able to work a full shift with your regular officer colleagues and if you can attend at times when demand for policing services is at its highest.

Our peak times are evenings/nights and weekends, bank holidays and key events in the sporting calendar. You should give careful consideration as to how will fit this in to your lifestyle and around any work/family/social commitments. If you are able to align with a regular shift and support them during their busy times then both you and the organisation will achieve most benefit from the role.

Positive Action and reasonable adjustments

If you are a candidate with a protected characteristic (BAME, Female, Disability, LGBT) please visit our Positive Action page before you start your application. For a conversation about the additional support available to you throughout the application process please contact us.

Training

As a special constable you will have the same powers as regular Northumbria police officers. You will be provided with a thorough training package which covers the many aspects of police work you will carry out.

Special constables receive 144 hours of taught classroom based training and are expected to complete additional home study. The training will be held over 12 Tuesday evenings (6pm to 10pm) and 12 Saturdays (8am to 4pm). The programme involves 2 exams which you will be required to pass so you should build in study time for this.

After successful completion of your training you will be formally appointed as a Special Constable at an Attestation Ceremony.

The course will start on either a Wednesday evening or a Saturday and will involve training in:

  • Professional Standards
  • Self Defence
  • First Aid
  • ICT
  • Legislation
  • Powers, Policies and Procedures

You need to be sure you can commit to this training when considering if this is a volunteer role for you. Training will continue whilst working with Northumbria Police as a special constable.