On completion of phase 1 training, you will be a warranted officer at ‘Accompanied Patrol Status’ (APS).

You will have the same powers and equipment as a regular police officer and carry out the same duties on a voluntary basis. You will transfer to a policing division, where you will complete an ‘operational competence portfolio’, demonstrating your abilities to perform core policing functions safely, lawfully and competently. This will require you to provide evidence for how you would deal with situations. You will be supported by your special constable co-ordinator and special constable development officer, as well as other qualified tutor constables. The portfolio is assessed to a qualification standard and it will be your primary aim to complete it whilst learning the role in a real-life practical environment.

Once successfully completed, you will achieve ‘Directed Patrol Status’ (DPS) which will enable you to carry out policing duties more flexibly. This does not equate to full independence or full competence in the role. Special constables who have achieved DPS will only be deployed on their own or as part of a team in a supervised or managed environment. DPS is also the ‘progression gateway’ into phase two of the programme.

Phase 2 - become a Qualified Special Constable (QSC)