Special Constables 2021

B Division, C Division
Cambridge, Colchester, Luton, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Reading, Southend, Ashford, Clapham Junction, Maidstone, Finsbury Park, Hammersmith, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster, Grimsby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham, Sunderland, Manchester Piccadilly, Preston, Bangor, Bath Spa, Birmingham (Centro House), Birmingham New Street, Cardiff, Coventry, Swindon, Truro, Liverpool Central, Stevenage, Pitsea
Part Time
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Volunteer as a Special Constable

Join us and make a difference

The railways lie at the heart of Britain’s community, commerce and industry. With over 6 million passenger journeys and 400k tonnes of freight being moved from depots to docks every day on Britain’s railways we have the unique task of ensuring that all this takes place within a safe and secure environment.

Our mission is to protect and serve the railway environment and its community, keeping levels of disruption, crime and the fear of crime as low as possible and our Special Constables are vital to achieving this

As a volunteer police officer, you will have the same powers as full-time officers, playing a crucial role in getting the public home safe, secure an on time.

Working alongside full-time officers, you will experience the varied challenges of policing the railway – dealing with offenders, victims of crime, vulnerable people and the diverse community we serve.

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.

What’s in it for you?

Being a Special Constable is not an easy role and you may be thinking ‘Is it worth it? What will I get out of this?’

The answer is: A lot. There’s so much to gain from becoming a Special Constable.

In return for your hard work you will:

  • Have a rewarding job where no two days are ever the same
  • Have the same powers and uniform as full-time officers
  • Boost your CV
  • Have the opportunity to make a difference in the community
  • Travel Benefits (dependent on location)
  • Increased self-confidence
  • have the opportunity of internal progression to become a Police Officer (fast track scheme)


We are recruiting for new Special Constables to join us throughout the country at the following locations. 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.

Wales and Western: Bangor, Bath/Swindon, Cardiff, Truro, Oxford and Reading.

North East and North West: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster, Hull, Grimsby, Darlington, Sunderland and Preston.

Midlands: Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Milton Keynes and Peterborough.

London/ Outer London: Hammersmith, Finsbury Park, Cambridge, Luton, Stevenage, Norwich, Colchester, Pitsea, Southend, Ashford, Maidstone and Clapham

*Please note this is a talent pool for future intakes throughout 2021.

Sound interesting? Join us on the journey and bring your creativity and commitment on board and help us make a difference.

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. 

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.

Any cautions or convictions including those deemed 'spent' must be declared at the point of application but will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

This opportunity is closed to applications.