Special Sergeant - Pennines

C Division
Manchester Piccadilly, Preston, Liverpool Central
Part Time
16 = 0.43

Special Sergeant Opportunity

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

We are recruiting for an experienced serving Special Sergeants in the Pennines (Liverpool, Manchester and Preston). 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.

As a Special Sergeant with BTP 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. As a Special you will benefit from a you’ll benefit from unrivalled training which will bring you up to date on the BTP specific policing issues and certify in personal protection and track safety.

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.

As first line supervisors, Special Sergeants play a vital role in helping BTP get the best from its Special Constables. You'll look after the performance, development and welfare of your team, assist in leading serials at events and operations and act as a key liaison between your team and regular and Special management at your police post.

To apply you must meet the following criteria:

  • Confirmed Independent Patrol Status
  • In ticket for First Aid Training
  • Thoroughly grounded in the operational aspects of police work
  • Free from any ongoing investigation in your current force
  • Have completed your minimum required annual hours and live within a reasonable distance (90 minute commute maximum) of the BTP policing area you wish to transfer to
  • You must have passed the Sergeant's promotion exam in the last three years (or willing to sit the Special Sergeants exam based on regular OSPRE exam) or have previously been a substantive Special Sergeant or higher rank in BTP or another UK police force
  • You must be in-ticket for all other mandatory training

Prohibited Occupations
Please download and check the document below before applying. If you do sit under any of the prohibited Occupations that BTP do not allow, then you will not be eligible to apply and will be sifted out at shortlisting stage.

Cautions & Convictions

You will not be eligible to transfer to BTP if you have ever received a custodial sentence. During the vetting process you will have to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and penalty notices - whilst these may not cause a vetting failure they must be declared fully regardless of how they have been dealt with by your current force. You will not be eligible to apply if you have an existing CCJ or an unmanaged IVA. Applicants who have been registered bankrupt will not be considered. Failure to disclose any of the above will lead to your application being rejected.

If you have any queries or questions please contact the Recruitmentteam@btp.pnn.police.uk

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.