We expect the very highest standards from our applicants and there are several essential criteria which must be met for you to pass the first stage.

Am I eligible to apply?

  • You must be 18 years of age to be appointed as a Special Constable, although you can apply at the age of 17.5 years of age. 
  • You must be physically and mentally able to undertake police duties. The fitness assessment will be based on the Scottish Police Service National Fitness Standard. Your Body Mass Index should be between 18 – 30. However this will not be assessed until the medical stage which is at the very end of the selection process.
  • You must not have an occupation or business interest which will be considered to be a conflict of interest with the role of a special constable.
  • You must meet the mandatory national eyesight standard.
Candidates' eyesight will be not be assessed until the medical stage at the very end of the selection process. Failure to meet the standard means you cannot be appointed. Therefore to minimise disappointment applicants may wish to consider consulting with a qualified optician.
  • Only applications from British citizens, EU/EEA nationals, Commonwealth citizens, or foreign nationals with indefinite leave to remain in the UK will be accepted. You should also have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years immediately prior to application.
  • We are Disability Confident Committed to the recruitment and selection of people with disabilities.  We guarantee an interview to any applicant who has a disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010 who meets the essential criteria for the role.  disability confident logo
  • All persons applying for a role as a Special Constable should be aware of the Working Time Regulations 1998.  Should your average working week already be 48 hours or more in another employment, this may affect your ability to deploy as a Special Constable.  If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Recruitment Department.