South Yorkshire Police - Special Constabulary Recruitment

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South Yorkshire Police - Special Constabulary Recruitment


Do you want to experience something unique, and contribute towards something of real value?

Would you be willing to make a real difference to your local community South Yorkshire?

We are now looking to recruit individuals to our special constabulary.

Our special constables are voluntary, part-time police officers, with the same, full policing powers as regular officers, who work in some of the most important areas of modern policing.

As a special constable, you would undertake a wide range of police duties, provide a vital link between the police and the diverse communities that we serve, helping the Force to meet policing needs, and increase the public’s confidence in the police service.

We have a strong family spirit amongst all our staff and our special constabulary is an integral part of the extended policing family. As a community-based force, we value the contribution that our special constables make, both to South Yorkshire Police and to the local community.

Joining the special constabulary will open up a world of opportunity for personal and professional advancement. Undergoing a full training programme and then going out on patrol makes a welcome break from day-to-day life, bringing excitement and challenge with every day you volunteer.

As a result, our special constables discover new things about themselves and the depths of their capabilities.

We ask that our special constables volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month, which usually equates to two 8 hour shifts (with some enjoying it so much they work more), meaning the role can easily fit around a regular job. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. There is no upper age limit but you must have a good level of fitness and be able to pass the physical fitness test and a medical examination.

We would welcome applicants that already have fulfilling roles and that are considering volunteering as a “career special constable”. We have a diverse group of people that work as special constables, some of which we are proud to say have been with South Yorkshire Police for many years.

For those officers who commit the time and dedication, there are many opportunities available, as many of our special constables go on to become special sergeants, inspectors and beyond.


For more details regarding the role please refer to the attached role profile.


On application all applicants:

  • Must be 17 or above at the time of application, however you will need to be 18 before appointment
  • Have resided in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
  • Must be either a British citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Must not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group

Appearance & Standards:

SYP is committed to striking a proportionate balance between self-expression and the need to maintain role sensitive professional standards in dress and appearance. Officers, staff and volunteers of South Yorkshire Police are permitted to have tattoos visible whilst on duty provided the tattoo is not considered to be unacceptable or otherwise inappropriate. Tattoos will be reviewed as part of the recruitment and selection process.  

South Yorkshire Police’s Key Values:

Please find attached information sheet on South Yorkshire Police’s Key Values. The force has a particular focus on three areas, Fairness, Integrity and Trust. Under each of these three headings there are key behaviours we expect all employees to adhere to.

For further information, please visit our eligibility criteria & FAQ’s pages.

Contact point for applicants:

For further information about the role, please contact the Talent Acquisition Team on  

Diversity & Inclusion:

We are an organisation that welcome, support and value those from underrepresented communities.  From difference comes invaluable life experiences, ideas and ways of thinking and by encouraging individuality we are working towards serving our communities and understanding our public better.  Please visit the diversity and inclusion page to find out more: Positive Action - Join SYP - SYP (

If you are from an underrepresented group and want to find out more about the support we can offer, please contact our dedicated team on

Closing Date: Saturday 31st December 2022

Apply for the role:

To apply for the role, please click the ‘Apply’ button.


This opportunity is closed to applications.