Volunteer Police Officer - Expression of Interest

Vacancy Type
Special Constables
Area Command / Department
Contract Type
Salary Range
Closing Date


Do you love the idea of joining the police but don’t want to quit your day job? Fancy taking a break from the regular 9-5? If you want to make a real difference to the lives of others and give something back, Northumbria Police can offer you that chance!   


Volunteering as a Special Constable is a great opportunity for you to join us in a completely different and unique way. Volunteers play a huge part in the support we offer to the community.  and bring invaluable experience to our Police Force. So, if you’re looking for a new challenge it could be the perfect time to join us.  


What is a Special Constable?

Let’s start by dispelling some myths – fully trained Special Constables wear the same uniforms as regular colleagues and carry a full range of police powers. You’ll be issued with the same protective equipment, wear the same uniform and also deal with the same type of incidents. A large proportion of our Special Constables still maintain a career and volunteer in their spare time – so if you’re a barista, an accountant, an IT Developer, or a builder (the list goes on!) or indeed in any type of role, you know you’ll be in good company.

What will I be doing? 

Special Constables make a unique contribution to all areas of policing. You’ll be a visible presence on our streets, responding to incidents and most importantly – protecting the vulnerable. Every day comes with a new challenge; you’ll often be the first person on the scene of a traffic incident or burglary, you’ll be accountable for how you handle these situations and the decisions you make. Knowing you’ve had an impact on the lives of others can be hugely rewarding and a fantastic opportunity to develop skills you never knew you had.    

Typical day? There isn’t one! But you could find yourself.…

  • Responding to 999 calls

  • Patrolling our local area by foot or in a marked vehicle

  • Making arrests

  • Attending public events to keep people safe

  • Talking to victims, offering support and taking statements

What are the essential skills?

  •  Integrity and honesty – you’ll be representing Northumbria Police and our values.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to adapt your style to different people and challenging situations.

  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to make difficult decisions.

  • Resilience – you’ll have a high level of personal responsibility and be exposed to situations you may never have encountered before. 

  • Flexibility – no two days will be the same so you’ll need to be able to switch priorities quickly and adapt to differing priorities.

We’re looking for people who will enjoy speaking to the public and are driven to make a difference to the lives of others. You’ll also be self-motivated and passionate about learning new things. Although you’ll need to have a good level of physical fitness, our force is made up of Special Constables from all backgrounds and walks of life – and there’s certainly no upper age limit. Being an excellent communicator is far more important in resolving issues and finding solutions.

Why become a Special Constable?

Joining Northumbria Police as a Special Constable will help you to develop personally and professionally. You will be trained to the standard of our regular officers, and you’ll discover what you are truly capable of. There are no other volunteering opportunities like this one.


We also provide…

  • Excellent development opportunities – you’ll gain self-confidence, improve your communication skills and learn more about your community.  

  • Flexibility around when you do your volunteer hours.

  • Fantastic networking opportunities! You’ll work with people from a variety of backgrounds and officers with different levels of experience.

  • Free travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro network.

  • Access to one of our on-site gyms.

  • A Blue Light card providing discount on shops, hotels and a variety of websites.

  • Invitations to special volunteering events where we celebrate your amazing contribution to the Force.

You’ll also be given the opportunity to attend extra training where you can specialise in areas such as Neighbourhood Policing and Motor Patrols.


Fancy joining our team?


We hold monthly engagement events where you can learn much more about being a Special Constable. You’ll get to meet some of our current serving colleagues, our training sergeant and recruitment team. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and find out more! Just click on the link to sign up.

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