Greater Manchester Police has started its search for Special Constables today (Monday 15 May 2023) and is looking for people from all walks of life that want to play a part in policing their local community.
Special Constables are volunteer police officers who play a vital role in helping to police all areas of Greater Manchester and support our communities. They have full police powers and wear a police uniform with their duties being the same as regular officers, such as foot and vehicle patrols, roads policing, investigating crime, arresting suspects, taking statements from witnesses, and tackling local issues, such as anti-social behaviour and harassment.
The majority of GMP’s current cohort of Special Constables support district activity however, there are also opportunities to support during force events and operations such as Operation Custodian (night-time economy operation) and parades such as Remembrance Sunday.
For the first time ever, several Specials were using in national mutual aid operations during 2022 – the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Searching for Specials for GMP
Over the past year, GMP’s specials have volunteered 76,000 hours which is the equivalent to 36 full-time regular police officers.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hill, strategic lead for the Special Constabulary in GMP said: “We’re so pleased to be able to open applications for Special Constables with the offer of the very best in training, as well as opportunities to integrate officers into other departments such as Specialist Operations.
“Specials bring a wide variety of skills to their role, including the experience that they have gained in their careers outside of policing. We are so grateful to every single one of our officers who give up their valuable time to ensure our communities are safeguarded, our roads are a safer place and regular officers are supported in the fight against crime.
“Over 60% of our cohort have been with ourselves for over three years coming from all walks of life - gaining training, expertise and confidence whilst also making new friends and colleagues. If you or someone you know is interested in being a Special, then please come along to one of our recruitment events which will be happening every month.”
The next recruitment event is at Sedgley Park Training Centre, Prestwich, M25 0JT on Thursday 29 June from 19:00 - 21:00. To register your interest, please click the link here
To apply to become a Specials - please click on the link here.