There are a number of jobs that are incompatible with the role of a special constable. Please check the list below to ensure that your current employment will not prevent you from applying.

If you are applying for or seriously considering a job in any of the following occupations, please think carefully before you apply.

If you start a job in any of these occupations during your application, or if there are changes in any of the information you provide in your application, you must inform us immediately by emailing [email protected]

If you are volunteering as a special constable and are currently employed, you will need to notify your employer that you have applied to ensure that you have their support should you need time off to attend court.

You should not make an application to join us if you work in any of the following roles:

  • anyone working for a security company
  • bailiffs, warrant officers, private detectives and inquiry agents
  • barristers, solicitors and judges
  • border and immigration officers with powers of arrest
  • civilian enforcement officers
  • clerks to justices and clerks to courts
  • custody escort officers
  • customs officers  
  • Highways Agency traffic officers (and traffic officers who are employed by other organisations, such as Vehicle and Operators Services Agency)
  • HM Armed Forces (serving members)
  • local authority field officers, such as trading standards officers
  • magistrates
  • members of employers’ police forces and private constabularies 
  • members of the fire service, unless written permission is given by their Chief Officer
  • members of police authorities
  • neighbourhood and street wardens and other uniformed patrol wardens
  • parking warden (local authority)
  • persons taking an active part in politics
  • Police Community Support Officers
  • prison custody officers (prison Officers are eligible, but only with written permission from their Prison Governor)
  • probation officers
  • Royal Auxiliary Air Force (members)
  • Royal Naval Auxiliary Service
  • security organisations (employees)
  • security personnel, guards and doormen
  • The National Hospital Service Reserve
  • traffic wardens and school crossing patrols
  • transport network revenue protection inspectors
  • vehicle removal officers.
  • youth workers and social workers involved in the administration of criminal law