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Special Constables...The reality?

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Having decided to apply for the Specials, (instead of a f/t Officer at this moment)


I was wondering if anyone could give me some info on what the actual reality of the role is really like.


The website (police Scotland) states, they have 'similar powers to that of police officers' and that they 'work alongside our police officers'


But what I'm looking to find out is are they just used as extra (dogs)bodies to 'pound the beat', and make up the numbers? or do they ever get opportunities to work / secondments in specialist departments? Are they part of the response team getting stuck in, or left to do the menial paperwork?

I'm not naïve in thinking they get involved in high profile cases etc, but a good bit of variety would be good..


Any info would be great,



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You will be an adjunct to the uniform police officers on patrol duty. You will receive basic training in law, self defence etc sufficient for you to be able to go out in uniform without being a complete liability to yourself or others. From that point, you will build a reputation for better or worse from your willingness to listen and learn, develop your knowledge and skills and support full time officers in useful ways. That might mean being bored sh*itless guarding a crime scene all night but if you don't do it that would be one less full time officer out and about. Build your knowledge and confidence slowly, learn the paper work so you arresting someone doesn't simply add to the burden of a full time officer who then has to process the prisoner. Depending on what you do in the Fire Service, a culture change you may have to manage is that Fire remains very hierarchical, whereas anyone holding the office of constable is expected to make their own decisions based on what they see in front of them. 

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