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Vacancy Information

Have you considered transferring to or re-joining Surrey Police as a Special Constable?


We are currently 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.


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 interview, 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

If you have any specific questions about becoming a special constable, please contact us via our email -

Additional Information

You will 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

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

-   Were formerly a police officer within the last five years

-   Live within 12 miles of the Surrey County border

-   Have a Manual Driving Licence


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.

These include but are not limited to: Justices of the Peace; clerks to the courts; licensees; certified bailiffs/court warrant officers; members of private security organisations including security guards and door supervisors; private detectives and enquiry agents; serving members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (although military reservists may be appointed subject to certain conditions); traffic wardens;prison officers; police community support officers; members of the Crown Prosecution Service.


For additional information on becoming a Special Constable, please see our recruitment guide - Special Constable Recruitment Guide

Diversity Statement

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.
We are actively working on a range of activities to improve this and one of the proactive ways we are seeking to increase representation is via a bespoke mentoring scheme which is aimed at guiding applicants from diverse communities through the recruitment process.
For more information email