Discover the Special Constabulary


Start: 12/10/2023 19:00
End: 12/10/2023 21:00
Where: Hertfordshire Constabulary HQ, Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6XF

Come meet the ordinary people that volunteer to help protect an extraordinary county – and see if you’d like to join them!


Hertfordshire Constabulary is holding an event on Thursday 12 October from 7pm to 9pm at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, to discuss and showcase all things Specials.


Specials are volunteer police officers. They come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. Highly trained, with full policing powers including the power to arrest, they play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime.


During the evening there will be the opportunity to:

  • Have an open and informal chat with current volunteers.
  • Participate in interactive sessions to understand the role as a Special Constable and practice your skills.
  • Gain an insight into the application process and training.
  • Find out how employers support police volunteering through the Employer Supported Policing scheme.

Superintendent Chris Hay from the People and Workforce Development Team said: “If you have ever thought about joining the police, but didn’t want to give up your day job, becoming a Special could be the right option for you. It gives you the best of both worlds and you can help protect your community.

“This event is a great opportunity to find out more about becoming a Special and network with those who are in the role currently. Come and see what we have to offer!”


Special Superintendent Joanne Reay said: “I’ve been a Special for 21 years and joining the Special Constabulary was the best decision I made. I’ve worked my way through the ranks and have worked in a variety of teams. I really encourage anyone who has an interest in policing to come down and talk to us to gain an insight to the world of Specials and how you could be the difference.”



If you’d like to join us, please register here or email


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Hertfordshire Constabulary HQ, Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6XF