LISTEN: Special Constables Wanted For Durham Constabulary

‘Specials’ as they are known, are volunteer police officers who commit a minimum of 16 hours per month to supporting front-line policing across the region.

The top performing police force in the country are recruiting new Special Constables.

Durham Constabulary are wanting ‘specials’ as they are known are volunteer police officers who commit a minimum of 16 hours per month to supporting front-line policing across County Durham and Darlington.

Applications to join Durham Constabulary as a Special Constable opened at 9.30am on Monday 11th September.

Chief Officer Dale Checksfield from Durham Special Constabulary tells us more:

He tells us who can apply:

And says there are requirements:

He says it gives you experience for future jobs: 

And tells us what the role is like:

He says there is a rigorous training programme:

He has this message: 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 22nd September.

They have the same powers as regular police officers, and wear the same uniform.

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, said: “Special Constables are an integral part of the force, delivering front-line policing in support of regular officers. 

"This recruitment opportunity will provide volunteers with a broad range of new experiences and skills, whilst helping to keep all of our communities safe.”

Specials complete a rigorous training programme before qualifying to go out on patrol.

Travel expenses within County Durham, training and equipment are provided.

Applicants must be 18 or over and must be physically fit enough to perform the role – fitness is tested annually.

For more information, visit

A webchat with CO Checksfield will take place from 8pm to 9pm on tonight (Monday 11th September) on the Durham Special Constabulary Facebook page:

Chief Officer Dale Checksfield from Durham Special Constabulary

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