Cleveland Police were recruiting Special Constables at the PCC's Voluteer Fair
Cleveland Police has launched online applications this morning for the next phase of Special Constabulary recruitment.
The launch coincides with current special constables talking to potential new recruits about the opportunities available at today’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Volunteers’ Fair at Teesside University.
Special Constables are trained volunteers who play a crucial role in fighting crime and making streets safer. Their work is varied, but both rewarding and challenging.
Shortlisted candidates will undergo an initial recruitment test, followed by a formal assessment. This consists of two written papers, a situational judgement test and competency-based interview.
Those successful at this stage with undertake medical and fitness tests. Finally, candidates will need to provide references and be subject to a vetting process (including a biometric test) before final interview.
Special Constables are required to commit to between four and eight hours each week for the first six months, which may include some weekends. On completion of specialist training, officers will achieve independent patrol status and have the same powers as regular police officers. Fully-fledged recruits will be expected to commit to at least four hours per week.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Special Constabulary officers to the Volunteers’ Fair today. We’re planning on a great event with several organisations being represented. I would urge people to open their minds to the possibility of volunteering.”
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “The importance of the Special Constabulary in helping to keep our communities safe should not be underestimated.
“These are people from all walks of life who are committed to using their spare time to help others and make a difference. It’s a really demanding but rewarding role, which will give people vital skills to help them in many areas of life.
“It’s also a great opportunity for people who are considering applying for a substantive role as a police officer, to find out what the role entails and to boost their CV.”
The Volunteers’ Fair is free and takes place today between 10am and 3pm in the Clarendon Building at Teesside University.
You can apply online to be a Special Constable at http://www.cleveland.police.uk/careers/Special-Constable-Roles.aspx
Posted on Tuesday 4th November 2014