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Special Constables - London Areas 2014

London North, London South, London Underground, Greater London Area
Part Time
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BTP Special Constables October 2014

Make a difference to the community.
Meet new people.
Gain new skills and experiences.

We are recruiting for new Special Constables and Transferee Special Constables to join us in 2014 through-out London. Joining the UK’s only national police force as a volunteer, you’ll take on a crucial frontline role in one of the most challenging environments there is.

British Transport Police is the national police force for Britain’s rail network, providing a policing service to rail operators, their staff and passengers throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Every day, over 10,000 miles of track, we keep more than 6 million people and 400,000 tonnes of freight safe and secure. It’s a massive task.
Our Special Constables need huge amounts of talent and determination to succeed. With the same powers as a Police Officer, you’ll play a key role in maintaining our extremely high standards of policing. It’s a hugely varied role, so you’ll need to be ready for anything - from patrolling by foot or vehicle, through providing a reassuring presence on trains or at stations, to assisting at incidents including theft, assault or illegal travel. You’ll travel, too. You might be carrying out your duties while moving at 125 miles per hour from one city to another. And of course you’ll come into contact with people from all walks of life, often at stressful or emotional times for them. One thing is certain - no two days will ever be the same.

To join us, you’ll need outstanding resilience and dedication. We’ll expect you to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month - the maximum number of hours you deliver is up to you. If you’ve never been a Special Constable before, you’ll benefit from unrivalled training and investment in your development. After all, we need you to be the best there is. Whatever your background, you’ll be truly valued as an integral member of our force. We’ll reimburse all your expenses. We’ll help you develop talents - from leadership to responsiveness - that will enhance every aspect of your life.
You’ll wear the same uniform as our regular Police Officers and if you’re keen to become one of them, we’ll back you all the way.

Shortlisting & Assessment
All applicants will be notified if they have been successful or unsuccessful at shortlisting stage. If successful, you will be required to attend an Assessment Centre in London on either 8th or 9th March 2014. (Invites will be sent atleast 1 week prior to the Assessment).

New Specials - The assessment will consist of a formal competency based interview, testing exercises and a fitness test. The itinerary including more information will be sent to those that are successful at shortlisting stage.

Transferee Specials - The assessment will consist of a formal competency based interview and a fitness test.

Prohibited Occupations 
BTP follow the NPIA guidance for Special Constable Occupations. Please click the below link and check the NPIA document before applying. If you do sit under any of the prohibited Occupations listed, then you will not be eligible to apply and will be sifted out at short listing stage.

Cautions & Convictions - You will not be eligible to apply to become a Special Constable if you have ever had any convictions, cautions, reprimands and penalty notices (other then driving penalty notices). This includes juvenile convictions.

New Special Constable Training
Training will commence in May 2014. You will be required to attend the following dates which will consist of 5 weekends and a 7 day block week towards the end of the course:

10th/11th May (2 days)
17th/18th May (2 days)
7th/8th June (2 days)
14th/15th June (2 days)
23rd – 29th June (7 days)
5th/6th July (2 days)

If you are unable to commit to the above dates then you will be placed on hold until another intake later on in the year (dates TBC).

Please indicate in your online application form your preference in location. You are able to select more than one.

Transferee Specials Training
If you wish to transfer from another force please indicate on your application form whether you have IPS and whether you are in ticket for First Aid.
You will be required to attend mandatory training covering Track Safety, BI-Laws and Officer Safety Training.

The exact training dates will be confirmed at a later date.

If you have any queries or questions please contact the Recruitment team on: Telephone: 0121 634 5630 Email:

Closing date has been extended until Midday - Friday 21st February.

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

This opportunity is closed to applications.