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Meet our Special Constables!

Cumbria Special Constables come from all walks of life and bring different experiences and skills into their role as a volunteer police officer. Meet some of our Specials below!

Ro Kapoor
Ro Kapoor

Age: 42

Area you work: Carlisle 

Civilian Job: Head of Sales Operations 

Why did you join? 
I joined the specials to fulfil my dream job of being a police officer one day which is all I wanted to do while growing up in Glasgow. I thought that opportunity had passed me by but was persuaded to join Cumbria police by friend who is a current regular officer based in Carlisle. 

Any words of advice for future applicants?
This is a role where you have to be self motivated and be prepared to work as part of a team who work so hard and tirelessly 24/7; even more so with all that’s going on in the world today. But the rewards are huge and knowing that you can make even the slightest difference is worthwhile in itself. 

As a special  constable you have the same responsibility and powers  as a regular officer and this the ideal stepping stone if you want to make a career in the force it is also something that can be done hand in hand with your day job which many of us do. I would say it’s a fantastic opportunity so grasp it with both hands and make a real difference, not just to your local force, but you community and your city.


Caroline Powney

Caroline PowneyAge: 43

Area you work: South 

Civilian Job: Head of Apprenticeships in the Department for Education

Why did you join?
I wanted to develop my skills in dealing with difficult situations and decision making under pressure, and I wanted to do something interesting to serve my community.  The experience of being a Special Constable has definitely met my expectations of all of that!

Any words of advice for future applicants?
Be prepared to get stuck in and ask questions.  Being a Special will test you, so you’ll need to be open to being challenged.  But if you’re OK with that, and you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding volunteering opportunity, you won’t regret it.

I’m in the fortunate position of being supported by my employer to be a Special Constable and most departments in the Civil Service have now agreed for Specials to have 12 days additional paid leave.  This really helps me to balance my work, life and voluntary commitments.