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Suffolk police urging more volunteers to join special constabulary

More volunteers are actively being sought to join the ranks of Suffolk’s Special Constabulary.

Special constables are volunteer police officers who give their time to assist the regular police force in keeping communities in Suffolk safe. Committed recruits, keen to experience the rewards and challenges of policing, are being invited to support the community.

Volunteers at any stage in life and of any background are encouraged to apply to become a special. The constabulary is promoting the idea that anyone can become a special, and that this doesn’t have to be something short-lived.

Karen Harris, Specials, Volunteers and Cadets Manager, said: “Many people think of becoming a special officer as a way to try out frontline policing before applying to become a regular officer. 

“While this can be the case, being a special officer is so much more than this – it can become a part of your life. 

“Many of our specials balance work with volunteer hours and enjoy a great work life balance. They learn new skills, get to do something totally different to their day jobs and have the opportunity to support their local community.”

If you are 18 years or older, in good health and of good character, you can apply. 

One of the special constabulary’s newest recruits is 63-years’-old and is looking to progress through the ranks as a ‘career special’.

Karen said: “At 63, one of our newer recruits is more mature than the average applicant, but still has the fitness and ability required to be a special constable.

“In fact, he brings with him a wealth of life experience that younger specials do not always have, which I am sure will prove useful in developing empathy and understanding with the community.

“He sees his new role as an opportunity to put something back into the community in a very meaningful way, as well as a chance to learn new skills and extend his personal limits.

“In return for your commitment, the constabulary will train you, provide opportunity to progress through a rank scheme, and support you in following your interests and experiencing the numerous diverse areas of policing, such as roads policing or rural crime.

“We are seeking applicants from all communities in our county with differing skills and experience, so if you have 16 hours a month or more to offer us, anytime of the day or night, and are interested in finding out more please come along to one of our events.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said: "I am a great supporter of the fantastic work that our specials carry out across the county every day and I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to find out more.  

“As our recent 63 year-old recruit has shown, age is not a barrier. If you have the time and the commitment, please get in touch.”

He added:  “Specials are an integral part of the policing family. They are extremely valued and valuable, and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime to help keep Suffolk safe. 

“We are absolutely indebted to all our volunteers, their commitment and enthusiasm is second to none. They give their time for nothing and add a completely different dimension to policing in the county.”

To find more about what it means to #BeSpecial, visit:

Anyone interested in applying can visit: Alternatively, contact the Specials and Volunteers team by sending an email to [email protected]

A number of special constabulary recruitment events are being held across the county. Details are as follows:-

  • Saturday 20 July – drop in recruitment event between 10am and 1pm – The Pavilion, Recreation Way, Mildenhall IP28 7HG
  • Saturday 31 August – drop in recruitment event between 10am and 1pm – Cedars Park Community Centre, Pintail Road, Stowmarket, IP14 5FP
  • Thursday 19 September – starting at 6pm until 8pm – LEC 2, Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3QS