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Vacancy Information

Have you considered transferring to or re-joining Surrey Police as a special constable?

Submit an expression of interest today and we will notify you when we open for recruitment. 

We will be welcoming applications for both transferees and re-joiners who hold or have recently held, Independent Patrol (or local force equivalent) Status to join us. This opportunity is also available to officers leaving the regular force through resignation or retirement. 

Please note this is not an application for the role.

The Role

Our special constables have volunteered over 45,000 hours in 2020 which reflects their ongoing commitment to helping ensure that Surrey is a county that is safe and feels safe.

Our current special constables work to help create a positive difference in the community, through being embedded in a range of areas, such as within our response and neighbourhood policing teams.

From the moment you join Surrey Police you can expect to be valued as an individual and for your voice to be heard.

Key Responsibilities

As you already know, each shift will be different, with the same challenges and variety you will have already experienced, but with real opportunity for progression and development. This is both laterally into a specialist role such as within our Roads Policing Unit, our UAV (Drone) Team or working in close partnership with our Ambulance colleagues as part of our Joint Response Unit as examples, or by promotion within the Special Constabulary to lead a team of special constables yourself.

With an innovative and forward-thinking approach, Surrey’s special constables are equipped with the same technology, such as the latest personal issue Mobile Data Terminals and Body Worn Video, as regular officers.

To support you, Surrey Police have both a dedicated Volunteering Department and dedicated trainers to improve and aid the learning and development of our special constables both initially and through ongoing training and support.

Skills & Experience

After a successful written application and an interview based on the competency and values framework (CVF), an individual training needs analysis will be conducted. Everyone’s needs will be different and this two-way conversational approach will determine how much support you as an individual may require, with options such as ‘top-up’ or refresher training on certain areas, familiarisation training to address any local differences from your current force or, if required, a place on an initial training course to really equip you as best as possible to continue your policing career with Surrey Police.

Applicants wishing to transfer to Surrey Police at a rank of special sergeant or above will be considered against the current rank structure and associated responsibilities within the Surrey Special Constabulary to decide on equivalency.

Those currently within a specialist role wanting to transfer into the same role in Surrey, may be able to do so. This will be discussed with you on an individual basis to understand fully your existing knowledge and experience and the availability of that role in Surrey.

Contact Details

A number of the commonly asked questions are answered within the attached recruitment guide. If you have any specific questions about applying to re-join or transfer to Surrey Police as a special constable that are not answered, please do contact us via email at -

Additional Information

You may be eligible to apply to transfer to or re-join Surrey Police as a special constable if you:

-   Are a serving special constable and have a current record of satisfactory performance recorded on the College of Policing transfer form by your current force

-   Have resigned or retired as a special constable within the last three years

-   Were formerly a police officer within the last five years

-   Have a full UK manual driving licence with not more than 6 penalty points

Please note that due to the nature of the work of the Special Constabulary there are a number of occupations that are incompatible with the Office of Constable; persons holding these occupations cannot have their applications considered.

Please refer to the attached recruitment guide for full details of these and other eligibility requirements.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important to us that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have a multiple staff support groups who help improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.

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