Training

The next intake of Special Constables will be in June 2019. 

The Intake will run from Sunday 9th - Friday 28 June 2019. This is a condensed 3 week residential course at the Scottish Police College - Tulliallan which will take you through all the required training. On completion of your training you will be sworn in as a Special Constable and can be deployed operationally. The training timetable is detailed below: 

  • Sunday 9th June - Friday 28th June (Practical Scenarios Training and Oath Ceremony - 6th/7th July at SPC)

Alternatively a second course will be held as follows 

  • Sunday 8th September - Friday 27th September (Practical Scenarios Training and Oath Ceremony - 5th/6th October at SPC)

The course is only conducted Monday to Friday and candidates will travel home at weekends.   

Return to Local Training College for IT Training (arrangements will be made via your local Training Team) 

Please note that all training dates listed, for either course, are mandatory. 

As part of the ongoing development of Special Constable training, you are required to bring a laptop or tablet computer to use during classroom lessons and to assist with studying and revision.
 
Police Scotland recommends that the device used has a minimum screen size of 7 inches and sufficient available memory to allow the user to download course information.   
 
Application closing dates are only in place to allow candidates sufficient time to progress through the recruitment process for their preferred intake. 

Applications remain open for any future intake dates that will commence in 2019. 

The training incorporates two residential periods at Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, Kincardine-on-Forth and provides more practical learning, exercising and assessment to prepare Special Constables for operational deployment alongside regular officers. Special Constables from across Scotland 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.

This is what some of our Special Constables said about the training course

"The 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".

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