Not everyone has the opportunity to do something about the wrong in the world. Not everyone is willing to do something about fear, exploitation, abuse or even nuisance, but Special Constables aren’t everyone. They’re the public who stepped up, Specials are the best of us, yet they’re also the tile layers, train drivers, and teachers we encounter every day. They’re ordinary but exceptional, their passion is to serve, and my privilege is to do it with them.”
Superintendent Simon Anslow - Head of Special Constabulary
Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers. They have the same police powers, uniforms and equipment as regular Police Officers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis, organising their busy personal lives, day jobs and other commitments around police duties. They do not get paid, but are reimbursed for expenses.
A Special in Essex is someone who will be valued, supported and integrated into the wider policing family. They’re someone who will learn new skills, see new things and make tangible differences to the lives of the public they serve. A Special in Essex is someone who makes new friends, sees life from new perspectives and upholds the law.
A Special Constable is an extraordinary person, a remarkable person, a special person. Join us and be that person.