How to become a Special

If you're wanting to see what it's like to be a Special Constable, take a moment to watch our recruitment video or have a read of an interview with one of our Specials.

We encourage men and women from all backgrounds to join the Special Constabulary, as it is important that it is representative of the communities it serves.

You must be 18 years of age or over, able to work a minimum of 16 hours a month and be living, working or studying in the South Yorkshire area.  In addition, applications will be considered from those who live outside of the South Yorkshire area.

You must be honest, in good health and of good character.

You must either be a national of a country within the European Economic Area, or if not have leave to enter or remain in the UK free of restrictions.

We are interested in your potential, not paper qualifications. You must be able to speak and write clear English, as you will need to write short reports of incidents, write statements and may be asked to give evidence in court.

To apply for the Special Constabulary you can either attend a presentation evening(details below) or download ,complete and submit a hand written application form (see attached). 

Please Note: We highly recommend that you attend a presentation evening, which will last approximately 60 minutes, as it will give you a greater insight in to the role of a Special Constable, the recruitment process and the training programme involved.  

Before you book on a presentation or complete an application form please ensure you read the guidelines to ensure you are eligible to apply.

To book on one of the below presentations please contact HR Shared Services on 0114 2197000, or by email to

Please send application forms to HR Shared Services,Ground Floor,Nunnery Square, Sheffield Parkway,S2 5DH




Monday 21st April 2014 @ 6.00pm @ ICE Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA ***** NOTE CAREFULLY THIS HAS NOW BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY 22nd APRIL DUE TO MONDAY BEING A BANK HOLIDAY ******

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 @ 7:00pm @ Doncaster Rovers FC, Keepmoat Stadium, Bartercard entrance

Monday 12th May 2014 @ 5:30pm @ University Campus, Barnsley College, Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AX

Thursday 15th May 2014 @ 5:50pm @ Lifewise Centre, Unit 1 Kea Park Close, Hellaby Industrial Est. Rotherham S66 8LB

Monday 16th June  2014 @ 5:50pm @ Lifewise Centre, Unit 1 Kea Park Close, Hellaby Industrial Est. Rotherham S66 8LB

Monday 21st July 2014 @ 5:50pm @ Lifewise Centre, Unit 1 Kea Park Close, Hellaby Industrial Est. Rotherham S66 8LB



This is an opportunity to speak directly to members of the Special Constabulary to gain further information.

Special Constabulary Recruitment Day on Sunday 27th April 2014 @ 10:00hrs - 15:00hrs @ ICE Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA.  The drive is to focus on increasing BME representation within the Special Constabulary as we aim to attain a 9% recruitment target - There will presentations and the chance to meet with existing Special Constables and
gain knowledge on how to complete the application form and learn about the Assessment Centre process. You can email to register your attendance.




Further information on occupations that may prevent you becoming a Special Constable, visit the College of Policing (CoP) website.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.