Qualifications

There are no formal educational requirements, but a reasonable standard of English is essential.

Age

You must be at least 18 years old when you apply. There is no upper age limit however, you must be able to pass the fitness test.

Height

There are no height restrictions.

Business interest

You must declare any employment or business interests that you intend to maintain whilst serving as a special constable. We will need to check that these are not in conflict with working for us in any way.

Cost

We will reimburse you for mileage, medical examinations at doctors and public transport (Uber journeys will not be covered).

Uniform and officer safety equipment costs are all covered by us.

Criminal convictions

Ideally, you shouldn't have a criminal conviction or a cautions record. If you do have one, you can still apply, but your suitability will depend on the age and nature of the offence. We're unable to confirm before you apply if your record will affect your application, but will determine this from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.

If you do not tell us about any cautions, investigations or criminal convictions that may be linked to you, your application could be refused because you weren't open up front, whereas it might have been accepted if you were. If in any doubt, disclose the information.

Health and fitness

Eyesight requirements

You must meet the police eyesight standards agreed by the College of Policing.

Health and fitness

Our health and fitness requirements are not as demanding as is often assumed, but you will need to be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. Certain medical conditions may prevent this. To find out more, please view fit for the job.

If you undertake some form of regular exercise, there should be no issue with meeting the physical requirements in the fitness test. You will need to achieve level 5.4 on the 'bleep test'. Start preparing now and view our bleep test training plan

Financial position

It’s important that you are not under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and that you can manage your loans and debts.

Membership of groups or organisations

Membership of groups and/or organisations that contradict our values, ethics and our responsibility to promote race equality, are prohibited. We will not accept applications from anyone who is, or has been, a member of groups and/or organisations including, but not limited to:

  • British National Party (BNP)
  • Combat 18 or similar
  • National Front

Nationality

If you're from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), it is essential that you have indefinite leave to enter or to remain in the UK.

Previous applications

If you have applied as a special constable with us within the last six months and your application was unsuccessful, your application will not be accepted.

If you have applied as a special constable with another force in the last six months and your application was unsuccessful you can apply to join us. Please disclose the information on your application form including the force you applied to and your dates of application.

Excluded occupations

There are some jobs that are considered incompatible with the role of a special constable. To be sure that your current employment will not prevent your application from proceeding, please check our precluded occupations list. You must not be in a precluded occupation at the time you submit your application.

Residency

You must have lived in the UK for three consecutive years immediately prior to application. If you’ve lived abroad due to serving in the British armed forces or on UK government service, you’re considered to have been resident in the UK.

You can apply if you live outside of Kent.

Substance misuse

If you are currently using any illegal drugs, this will rule you out of the recruitment process automatically. You will be required to undertake a substance misuse test as part of the pre-employment checks.

Tattoos and piercings

Having tattoos or piercings, could exclude you from applying. For more details view our tattoo and piercing policy.