The Special constable role

Special Constables do not get paid as they work on a voluntary basis. You will however be able to claim back any expenses incurred during the course of your duty for example travelling expenses.

Your appointment will be subject to a two year probationary period, during which time you must complete all elements of your training and be certified as independent patrol.

Uniforms for Special Constables are exactly the same as police officer uniforms, except their epaulettes will be marked SC (Special Constable).

Yes. Once Special Constables have completed a driver training course they are able to drive police vehicles.


If you successfully reach the medical examination stage of recruitment, you will have to undergo an eye test. New recruits must have at least 6/12 vision in their right or left eye, or at least 6/6 vision in both eyes. Those who wear glasses, spectacles or contact lenses must have at least 6/36 vision in both eyes without wearing their glasses, spectacles or contact lenses.

South Wales Police welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of the type of adjustments you might need to assist you in participating in the recruitment and selection process. South Wales Police will try to make the reasonable adjustments required where practicable.

Yes, you can still apply for the role of Special Constable however you will be required to complete the online verbal reasoning and calculation assessment.

You can apply to become a Special Constable as long as you have not had an epileptic attack or taken medication for the illness within the last two years. Your doctor will need to supply a medical report for clarification.

Yes as long as your diabetes is under control. Your doctor will need to supply a medical report for clarification.

No, you must be 18 when the application is submitted.

You may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions, but there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible.

Application process

There are 2 tests that every applicant must complete (regardless of qualifications), these are a Situational Judgement test and a Behavioural Style Questionnaire. Both of these must be passed in order to continue in the application process.


If you successfully complete the above tests, but if you fail in another part of the recruitment process, you will not be required to retake these tests again, should you wish to re-apply after 6 months.


If you do not have a Level 3 qualification or above you must also successfully pass a verbal reason and calculation test. This will test your academic ability to Level 3.

The short answer is yes you can. Policing is an exciting but equally challenging role, which is not for everyone. However, we do ask that all prospective Special Constables fully consider these challenges and their suitability before submitting their application.

If you fail at any point in the process, the force will notify you. While it is not possible to complete a resit, it will be possible to re-apply within six months following notification.

In the case of applicants who fail to attend any appointments during the process, without prior notification and identifying a satisfactory reason, we reserve the right to withdraw them from the process.

All face to face delivery will take place on police premises within the South Wales Police area. Self-study and on-line learning will be carried out remotely.

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