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Am I eligible?

Here are the basic requirements for joining the special constabulary.

We're looking for much the same personal qualities in specials that we look for in the regular force - integrity, honesty, tact and communication skills.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and ethnic groups. Our applicants are not limited to any particular age group – life experience is an important attribute for specials

Basic guidelines for applicants

Basic eligibility requirements are the same for the specials as for joining the regular police force; you must be over the age of 18 and there is no upper age limit, although you will need to be reasonably fit and in good health.

In addition:

  • there are no minimum or maximum height requirements
  • there is no formal educational requirement, but you will have to pass written tests
  • only applications from member states of the European Economic Area, or other nationals who have leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period, will be accepted
  • convictions or cautions will probably make you ineligible, but this will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence
  • you must be judged physically and mentally able to undertake your duties

Read more about the detailed eligibility criteria (new window).

Do you qualify?

Some occupations are considered incompatible with becoming a special, for example, if you are a member of the armed forces. Contact your chosen force for a comprehensive list of all the affected careers.

Your local police force can provide you with more information about the specific attributes they're looking for, so please get in touch with them before applying.

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