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Special Constables.

The Special Constabulary is a voluntary body, whose officers form a vital part of the police family, working alongside their regular colleagues to police the communities of Cumbria. Specials perform a variety of police duties to support regular officers with the day-to-day policing of Cumbria.

People become a Special Constable for a variety of reasons. Some people have free time and have a desire to give something back to their community, some people are very happy in their present job but want something totally different in their spare time, some people may have wanted to work in the police but for different reasons they have gone down a different career path. Specials have the same powers as regular officers, wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment as regular officers.

Please note that whilst serving as a Special Constable in Cumbria Constabulary you will be subject to a tenure whereby Special Constables are not eligible to apply for the role of Police Constable until they have attained Safe and Lawful status.

In all these circumstances the Special Constabulary gives you the opportunity to have a second career. This is a great opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and gain experience in a wide range of policing duties.


To apply to be a Special Constable please click here. Please bear in mind that although we are accepting applications, we are unable to start training any new recruits, until at least September 2020. If you have further queries, please contact the Police Officer Recruitment Department by email:

All application forms can be emailed to: 


Becoming a Special Constable

Your Questions Answered 

Special Constabulary Recruitment Brochure

Fitness Testing

Medical Screening


Vetting and Criminal History

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