Special Constables 2019/20
Make a difference to the community.
Meet new people.
Gain new skills and experiences.
We are recruiting for new Special Constables to join us throughout the country. 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.
We are recruiting for Special Constables in the following locations.
Pennines: Leeds, Hull, Sunderland, Newcastle, Liverpool, Doncaster, Manchester, Grimsby, Carlisle, Sheffield and Sunderland
Wales and Western: Swansea, Bangor, Exeter, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Peterborough, Reading, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Bristol and Oxford
London/ Outer London: various inner London locations, Pitsea, Norwich, Stratford, Colchester, Southend, Guildford, Southampton, Bournemouth, Ashford, Brighton, Croydon, West Ham, Hammersmith and Paddington.
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 - Any cautions or convictions including those deemed 'spent' must be declared at the point of application but will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
Various training dates will take place throughout 2019/20
We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves and welcome applications from everyone. Language skills can be especially valuable to community engagement and candidates who can speak additional languages such as Hindi, Arabic, Farsi, Bengali, Urdu, Amharic, Pushtu, Punjabi, Tamil and Somali are encouraged to apply. All applications will be judged on their individual merit.