The next intake of Special Constables will be in February 2018. The closing date for applications for this intake is 30 November 2017.

The training timetable is detailed below:

  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018 -  Local Training College
  • Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018 - Local Training College
  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018 -  Local Training College
  • Monday 12 – Friday 16 March 2018 inclusive – 5 Day training course (required to arrive @ Tulliallan on evening of Sunday 11 March)
  • Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March 2018 – Local Training College
  • Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April 2018 – Local Training College  
  • Saturday 7 April 2018  – Practical Training @ Tulliallan
  • Sunday 8 April 2018 - Swearing in ceremony at Tulliallan
  • Return to Local Training College for IT Training (arrangements will be made via your local Training Team)


A review of training was undertaken during 2015 and acting on feedback, a new delivery model was introduced in September 2015 and this is reflected above.

An evaluation of the effectiveness of the new training model was carried out in November 2015.  Please scroll to the bottom of the page to read some of the feedback.

As a result, training now incorporates two residential periods at Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, Kincardine-on-Forth and provide more practical learning, exercising and assessment to prepare Special Constables for operational deployment alongside regular officers. Special Constables from across Scotland will now learn, support and share the experience together.

Other elements of training will be delivered locally at appropriate training college(s) over weekends and/or evenings dependent on numbers and location of officers. Some flexibility may be required as the timetable provided is dependant on officer numbers in each locality. Those colleges are:

Inverness; Nelson Street, Aberdeen; Baluniefield, Dundee; Jackton, East Kilbride; Fettes, Edinburgh; Cornwall Mount, Dumfries.

Post Initial Course training is currently being developed.  The intention is for this training to be delivered in a modular format and considered as Continuous Professional Development (CPD) which will be attributed to the officers personal records.

During training you will learn about police and the community, evidence, crime, general police duties, road policing and investigative skills. You will also receive training in officer safety techniques, police powers, scenes of crime, radio procedures, powers of arrest, detention and search and community issues.

Only upon successful completion of the Initial Course and attainment of the relevant assessment criteria, will officers be sworn in and deployed, normally within the local area of your choice.

Further details on the above will be made available during the application process. Alternative delivery options ‘may’ be available depending on the number of special constables who require training within any specific location ie Officers within N Division may be offered an alternative delivery model for the local training elements only.

Evaulation of September 2015 course

Feedback from students on the above course was very positive with 97% of respondents stating they were satisfied with the learning event.  Comments included:

"The new intensive week at Tulliallan layout of course was brilliant. It gave us great experience at main police college and it was easier to develop knowledge and confidence having the lessons compacted and in depth.  It suited my learning style and proved the commitment level we had to the course" and "the practicals helped a lot with confidence - practical weekend was really beneficial".

Furthermore all students agreed that the learning outcomes of the course had been met and that the trainers demonstrated effective knowledge and skills.  Comments included:

"Trainers were really good - approachable and very knowledgeable".

100% of students achieved the required pass mark within the permitted sittings.