Fife Constabulary is seeking to increase the number of Special Constables within the Force. Local people are asked to consider if they have the ambition and qualities needed to support their community through voluntary policing.
Scottish Special Constabulary complement regular police officers and support the delivery of policing to make Scotland’s communities safer and stronger.
The Special Constabulary in Fife first appeared in 1924 when there were three members. Now in 2011 the Force has 118 Special constables.
Helen Lindsay, Special co-ordinator and a Special herself, said: “Being a Special is exciting, very rewarding and can provide you with different skills you might not experience in other jobs. Specials are very important to the Force and the local communities as they work hard with regular officers to take policing closer to the community.”
A Special Constable is a warranted officer who volunteers their own time to help police the communities of Fife.
Many Special Constables attend local community events such as galas, take part in drug targeting initiatives, are instrumental in implementing local action plans to tackle issues such as youth disorder and provide a reassuring presence to the communities of Fife.
To become a Special Constable you will need to be able to communicate with members of the public and you colleagues effectively, have excellent interpersonal skills, be honest and willing to learn, work effectively as part of a team, have a mature outlook and be socially aware.
Applicants need to be at least 18 years of age and younger than 60 on appointment, of good character and medically fit. There is no requirement currently for a Special Constable to hold a full driving licence. The Special Constabulary also offers training.
If you wish to apply for the position of Special Constable you will have to complete a standard application form (available through the website www.fife.police.uk and clicking on the recruitment link or by contacting Helen Lindsay/Linda Davidson on 01592 418531/01592 418521.