Training and development

Initial Learning For Special Constabulary (IL4SC) will include the police service values and ethics, law and legislation, powers of arrest, common crimes and how to prepare your evidence for court. You will also learn self-defence, techniques for dealing with awkward situations and first aid. 

Training is classroom based initially and consists of weekend and evening sessions at the Police Training Centre at Manvers, in addition practicals are held at the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby which consists of a mock town. The training then continues under the supervision of a safer neighbourhood team, carrying out mentored operational police work based in the district where you ask to be stationed. Sometimes for operational reasons, we may not be able to place you at the district of your choice.

Further training is then given at the Training Centre and is ongoing within your district.

You will learn new and develop existing skills, like problem-solving, negotiating, decision-making, coping with pressure, communications and inter-personal skills. These skills will help you not only as a special but also in your daily life. Learning transferable skills will open up a number of opportunities for further development in other police roles such as Roads Policing Group, Roads Crime Unit and Major Investigation Team.

From January 2014, the training for a Special Constable is to change.

Training will last for 14 weeks, week one will be an induction day either on a Tuesday or Wednesday and a Saturday and Sunday.  Weeks 2,4,6,8,10 and 12 will be a Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  Weeks 3,5,7,9,11,13 and 14 will be a Tuesday and Wednesday.

Training then continues under the supervision of a safer neighbourhood team, carrying out mentored operational police work based in the district where you ask to be stationed. Sometimes for operational reasons, we may not be able to place you at the district of your choice.

You will learn new and develop existing skills, like problem-solving, negotiating, decision-making, coping with pressure, communications and inter-personal skills. These skills will help you not only as a special but also in your daily life. Learning transferable skills will open up a number of opportunities for further development in other police roles such as Roads Policing Group, Roads Crime Unit and Major Investigation Team

The Special Constabulary has it's own rank structure ranging from Special Constable through to Chief Officer.  As with regular police officers, promotion is achieved through good performance, dedication to duty and proof of leadership qualities and a robust and transparent interview process.