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The selection process is as follows:

  • Application Form
  • National Assessment Centre (web based).
  • Interview
  • Medical appointment
  • Drug Test
  • Fitness Test

If you are successful at the fitness test stage, you will be offered a position on the next Special Constable's course, subject to satisfactory references and security checks. Dates for the next Special Constabulary course can be found within the advert.

Application Forms

Application Forms are currently paper-sifted on competency-based behaviours.

Applicants must be 18 at point of application. There is no minimal education standard.

Special Constables must complete documentation to a high standard, so make sure that your writing is legible and your spelling and grammar acceptable.

Please ensure that you complete the personal statement, giving a full written account evidencing your skills, achievements, and any other relevant information.

Medical and Drugs Test

Upon successful completion of the assessment day, we will invite you to attend a medical appointment. This will be conducted on a weekday. A questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment for completion and submission. You will also be required to take a drugs test.

The Eyesight Test

You will be required to visit your optician to have your eyes tested before your medical.

If you wear spectacles or contact lenses check out the eyesight standards on
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Fitness Test

The fitness test is held at Meadowfield, Durham, on another pre-arranged day. This is the final stage of the recruitment process.

For further information regarding current Special Constables recruitment contact:

HR services direct dial: 0191 3752123


A complete breakdown of the training, dates, times and expectations are at the footer of the main advert which can be found here.