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Metropolitan Police Special Constables

The MPS Special Constabulary is a force of volunteers who work with and offer support to regular Metropolitan Police Officers, providing a vital link with the people of London’s 32 Boroughs. Afforded the same powers as regular officers and wearing a similar uniform, Specials are everyday people who are prepared to give up at least 16 hours a month of their spare time each week to do something positive for themselves and their community.

Special Constables will receive free travel on London underground and bus services, both on or off duty. Further travel expenses will be covered and Specials receive an allowance for refreshments bought while on duty. You will also receive your uniform, together with a further allowance for footwear.

In addition, your training and duties will provide you with a number of intangible personal rewards. Interesting experiences, new friends, additional skills, a sense of achievement – they all ensure that you benefit from your time as a Special as much as the community you serve.

?Metropolitan Special Constabulary: Exceptional volunteers meeting an extraordinary challenge?

Metropolitan Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers. Volunteering around 16 hours a month, you need to be able to cope with the unexpected and have the confidence to deal with people and challenging situations.

Although you won’t receive any financial rewards for the time you commit, you will be given the same powers and responsibilities as regular Police Officers and wear the same uniform. From patrolling your beat, to policing your city - you’ll have the skills of police training, for the rest of your life.

You will be able to the areas of London in which you want to work and, in return for your commitment, you will be provided an Oyster card for travel within London both on and off duty (T&C apply) and additional travel expenses.

Role Aim: 

As a special constable you’ll tackle crime, test your limits, make our communities safer and gain a wealth of skills and experience. You’ll work alongside and support regular officers in one of the biggest, most diverse capitals in the world, and have the same responsabilities as they do.


A wide variety of functions are performed by Special Constables including

* Neighbourhood Policing with local communities

* Anti-Robbery initiatives

* Undertaking response to emergency calls

* Road safety initiatives

* Supporting ceremonial events

* Pre-planned crime reduction initiatives

Skills needed: 

To be a Special you don’t need any qualifications but you do need to meet the following requirements. We will consider your application if you are aged 18 or over at the time of applying. You can be of any nationality to apply, provided you have permanent right to remain without restriction in the UK if you are from a non-EEA country.

All applicants must have been resident in the UK for the three years prior to making the application. You must be in a position to cope with the physical and mental demands of being a Special and carry out your duties effectively. Certain medical conditions may prevent this.

Special Constables occupy a position of responsibility and trust, for which you need proven character and integrity. As such, while certain minor offences may be taken into account, any previous criminal convictions will be subject to greater scrutiny.


A comprehensive training programme is provided for this role including:

* 20 days of legislation and personal protection training

* 4 days of continuation training in the first 18 months

* A workbook of competencies, supported by a manager

* Ongoing personal safety and first aid training.

You will be able to the areas of London in which you want to work and, in return for your commitment, you will be provided an Oyster card for travel within London both on and off duty (T&CS apply) and additional travel expenses.

People will be allocated a London Borough policing area best suited to them. They will work from a police station in that Borough.
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
All days of the week, any time of day. The time commitment is 16 hours a month.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here