Special Constable Biographies

Special Constables wear the same uniform and have similar powers as regular officers. You will carry out all types of policing which can include, policing football matches, breaking up fights, investigating crimes and patrolling our streets to provide public reassurance by being a visible deterrent. In policing no two days are the same!

Police Scotland are currently recruiting special constables are part time volunteers who represent Scotland’s communities and the police service within Scotland’s communities.

Recruitment Events

Would you like to find out more about the role and get some information and advice on the selection process?

Police Scotland Recruitment Team are hosting “Discover Your Journey” sessions for anyone wishing to apply for the role of Special Constable.

Details of the events are as follows;

  • 1800 hours Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at SPC Fettes.
  • 1800 hours Wednesday 30th January 2019 at SPC Jackton.

To secure your place, please email Policerecruitingunitglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk no later than Friday 18th January 2019.

All attendees MUST bring photographic identification, i.e. passport/driving license. If you are being accompanied by anyone you must also supply their details. If you require any more information please telephone the Recruitment Team on 01355 566350.

Biographies – Special Constables Based in the West

Aleena-RafiMy name is Aleena Rafi and I joined the Special Constabulary because I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something new! The Specials appealed to me as it is a voluntary commitment and allowed me to continue studying for my degree. The schedule is flexible and I can go on the beat as little or as often as I like. I can also team up with any department within the police which allows me to experience the vast and varied jobs within Police Scotland. Protecting and serving my local community is the most rewarding part of my job as a Special and it means a lot to me to know that my time and effort is valued and appreciated by my fellow colleagues.


Thomas-Xuan-MengMy name is Thomas Xuan Meng. I am a full time PhD student at the University of Glasgow.When I arrived in Scotland eleven years ago, I was embraced by the people and the community, and saw joining the Special Constabulary as a way of giving something back, whilst studying for my degree. I enjoy helping others, and becoming a Special Constable has helped me meet new people, make new friends, see different walks of life, and given me valuable experiences.
Eden-McCullochMy name is Eden McCulloch, I am 20 years old and I currently work as a team leader in Superdrug. At the moment I am training to be a special constable with Police Scotland. I wanted to join as my future goal is to join as a regular police officer, but even if you aren’t looking to join the police as a career the specials is still a good option. It isn’t just aimed at people looking to join the police but also people looking to gain new skills and give something back to their local community. I joined the specials as it fits in perfectly with my work and personal life, and the hours I volunteer are flexible. As well as working in my local community I also police major events which is very exciting. The specials have opened up a world of opportunity for personal and professional advancement. The training has been a huge eye opener and has been exciting and fun but also very valuable as I have gained skills I can use in everyday life and in my civilian job. Putting on my uniform gives me a sense of pride and achievement.

Biographies – Special Constables Based in East Command

Pawat-Richard-GleaveMy name is Pawat Richard Gleave. I studied Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. During my studies I wanted to change the world and help people in need through research and development. When I joined the Special Constabulary of Police Scotland I wanted to help and protect the local community of the city I grew to love. Having served for over a year as a Special Constable I have been proud of the things me and my colleagues have done to help the people in the area, reuniting families with missing persons and protecting vulnerable people from harm. I have used the analytical skills I developed during my studies to assist police operations. Working with Police Scotland has earned me focus, determination, great friendships and the skills to help me in my day to day life.


Kayleigh-BrownMy name is Kayleigh Brown and I became a Special Constable with Police Scotland while at university studying Criminology. I decided to take part in this role because I wanted relevant experience to my degree and I believed this role would complete that. This role allowed me to work at events and allowed me to gain a variety of different skills through the experiences I was able to take part in. This role gave me purpose and the best form of experience I could have gained for any future job opportunity, especially in relation to my degree. As a special constable, you feel part of a team and are not made to feel any different, you are treated equally and supported in all your training and during your deployments. It is something I am happy doing and will help with future job searches.