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The Selection Process and Essential Reading

The Special Constabulary is an effective means in which local communities can be represented within the police service. As a fully trained volunteer with police powers, you can add real value by supporting the regular police service.

It is important that our Special Constables are trained to the same standard as our regular officers. Public satisfaction, public confidence and community engagement are all critical aspects of the service delivery of Police Scotland.

The national selection process for Special Constables reflects the importance of ensuring that our Special Constabulary continues to consolidate its status as a reliable, trusted and integrated part of Police Scotland's strategic and operational deployment plans. The selection process can be broken down into the following stages:

  • Application form
  • Vetting
  • Standard Entrance Test
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Interview
  • Final Stages

There is a lot of information you should be aware of when considering the role of a Special Constable.

Job Specification for Special Constables
Person Specification for Special Constables
BMI Chart
Eyesight Standard Police Officer
Police Scotland National Fitness Standard Guidance
Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT) Training
Standards of Professional Behaviour
Competency and Values Framework

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, we have had to revise our recruitment and training programmes for Special Constables, including placing a temporary suspension on all face to face selection activity.

You may continue to submit an application form however please be advised there will be a delay in this being progressed. If you have already submitted an application you will receive an email advising of the current position with your application.

At this time we are unable to confirm any 2020 intake dates for Special Constables.


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