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Becoming a special constable

Cyrus Avatar
8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
I am thinking about becoming a special constable for my area. Is anyone here a SC ?

Any tips or other useful information I would need to know before applying and during application process ?

Thanks
Cyrus Avatar
8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Remember - teenagers will push you knowing that you can't legally push them back...
#2
sent you a pm mate
#3
best thing to do is contact your local force.

Or this is the best website around

[url]www.policespecials.com[/url]
#4
red_dwarfer
Remember - teenagers will push you knowing that you can't legally push them back...


In the school i work at, apparently were allowed to use reasonable force if we will the need to, but depends what you call 'reasonable' could be with a baseball bat Hehe.
#5
red_dwarfer
Remember - teenagers will push you knowing that you can't legally push them back...


you have the same powers as a regular PC,I was one for 5 years
#6
what made you stop, boothy ?
#7
depends why you are thinking of joining. I am a "regular" as we are called (eating habits I think, too much fibre) by the specials, and have met many specials, some good, some bad.
I think they are mad, doing what I do, for nothing other than for the chance to lock up some scumbags or to assist with any decision or opportunity to join the "regulars"
The specials that curently work with me are quite often my only back up in some situations. I cover a large area with the highest density of caravan sites in Europe. I have chased people with machetes, had an ouzi (yes a sub-machine gun) fired within yards of me, a number of murders and a fight at least every other day. We suffer physical and verbal abuse daily, but dont let that put you off. It is a rewarding position in an honorable profession and we would be glad to have people like you on board.
Tips for the interview - It is likely to be a structured interview where you will be asked generic questions such as - Give me an example of when you have dealt with conflict, this doesnt have to be a big fight or armed robbery or anything like that, it could be when you have stepped in to a situation realising that it was about to get out of hand. They will be loking at how you processed the initial information to hand, what you heard and saw, how you obtained further information, how you determined your options, which option you took and why and then how you evaluated it afterwards ie. did it have the desired result etc.
You may also be asked about diversity issues and an example, along with topical issues such as should the police have the right to strike. They may not ask you loads of questions but will probe your answers.
BIG TIP - dont make something up. We are looking for a balanced individual who can appreciate both sides of an argument but who will also realise that as a police officer there are always three sides to a story, the one each side is saying and the one somewhere in between that is usually the correct one. All parties tend to embellish thier version of events t make them sound more right or less wrong and your job will be to ascertain vesion 3. If you can do this and communicate well, you can come and work with me anytime.
Good luck, let us know how you get on
#8
Cyrus
what made you stop, boothy ?


Started working internationally,so wasn't practical anymore..thoroughly enjoyed it although very challenging at times would highly recommend..
#9
Don't do it, this effin government should be taking on more regulars instead of relying on volunteers.

Good luck though.

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