Rural Special Constables

Could you do something truly ‘Special’ for your Rural Community?

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Nottinghamshire Police are keen to recruit 16 Special Constables to work in a number of rural areas within Nottinghamshire. These Rural Special Constables will be dedicated to the needs of our Rural Communities.

As a Rural Special Constable, you will have an interest in the countryside and rural affairs. You will work with our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, communicating with local farmers, land owners, businesses, churches, residents in the community and organisations like DEFRA, NFU and the Environment Agency.

Like regular Specials, our Rural Special Constables will have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force.

We will provide you with intensive Special Constable Training. Once complete you will join your colleagues and be assigned a Tutor at your base station. Working with your Tutor you will attend incidents and complete various Police Action Checklists ( PAC’s ) providing evidence along the way. On successful completion of your PAC’s, you will attend a specific rural training course which will provide you with a greater understanding of Wildlife and Countryside offences such as Fly Tipping, Poaching and investigating Environmental and Heritage crime.

We are currently recruiting into the below areas. Please note that your base station will either be – WORKSOP, RETFORD, HARWORTH, NEWARK, OLLERTON or SOUTHWELL – depending upon your preferred location detailed within your application.

Worksop – Villages covered: Scofton, Rhodesia, Carlton-In-Lindrick; Nether Langwith; Cuckney; Wellbeck; Shire Oaks; Clumber; Hardwick; Holbeck; Carburton.

Retford – Villages covered: Gamston; East Markham; Tuxford; Dunham; Rampton; Leverton; Elkesley.
Harworth – Villages covered: Misterton; Gringly on the Hill; Mattersey; Clayworth; Sutton-Cum-Lound; Ranskill.

Newark – Villages covered: Collingham, Winthorpe, Farndon and Balderton.

Ollerton – Villages covered: Clipstone.

Southwell – Villages covered: Bilsthorpe, Lowdham and Caunton.
Specials deployed to these bases will focus on servicing their designated cluster of villages to which they are geographically aligned.

If you live and/or work in one of the above Rural areas, or if you just simply have an interest in the County’s Heritage, the local Environment, Wildlife, Rural or equine issues we would like to hear from you.
As a Rural Special Constable you will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month (4 hours per week) working alongside other officers. NOTE: By applying for this posting, you will be agreeing to a minimum of 2 years operational deployment in the role of RURAL Special Constable (post training) prior to being eligible to transfer to a mainstream special constable role.

Recruitment closes July 31st 2016.

Interviews will take place in August 2016.

Applicants satisfactorily completing the pre-employment checks will commence their training programme to become a Rural Special early January 2017.

Further information can be found in the ‘What happens next after I apply?’ document below.

Browse the Special Constabulary web pages ( ) to find out more and then click on ‘apply online’.

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What happens next after I apply?
The Special Constable Selection Process takes approximately 12 weeks to complete and comprises of the following steps.
Step 1 – Application Form – Shortlisting.

YOUR APPLICATION FORM Should you require any guidance/ support within your application form you can contact or call or text Jo on 07595008494.

Your application form will go to our Human Resource department who are based in Cheshire –

Various checks will be carried out including: the correct completion of the application form, spelling mistakes, eligibility criteria, cautions and criminal convictions, the assessment of any tattoos or piercings that you may have and residency and status checks. You will be asked to complete a vetting form which you need to return to us.
Step 2 – Competency Based Questions ( CBQ’s )

CBQ’s –  Should you require any guidance/ support within your CBQ’s you can contact or call or text Jo on 07595008494.

Providing you pass all of the necessary checks at Step 1 MFSS (Multi Force Shared Services) resourcing will send the part of your application form that contains the CBQ’s that you have answered through to an external marker. This is not carried out by Nottinghamshire Police. This process takes around 7 days to complete. You need to obtain a pass mark of 5 out of 10 to pass. Please note Joanne cannot answer the questions for you!
Step 3 – Interview

Providing you pass Step 2 you will be invited for an interview. There are four parts to the interview.
Provide a 5 minute presentation on a topic of your choice.

Discussion around Nottinghamshire Police PROUD values.

Scenario based question 1

Scenario based question 2

You will be asked to bring with you to the interview two pieces of Identification. One should contain your photograph and one should confirm you live at your address – utility bill for example.
Step 4 – Pre-Employment Checks

If you are successful at the interview you will now undergo various pre-employment checks.
Security vetting and financial checks – on you and your close family.

Biometric Testing – You will be invited to attend our Headquarters to meet with Mr Mark Olley who organises these tests that take around 30 minutes to complete.

Drug Testing – Again you will be invited to attend our Headquarters where you will be tested for drugs by an Independent organisation that does this work for us called Alere.
Medical – At Headquarters you will be invited to attend our Occupational Health Unit. Here you will meet with a Nurse and expected to produce a urine sample. We will check your weight, height, BMI, lung function, vision, blood pressure, and discuss with you any medical history that you may or may not have. You will complete a questionnaire and in some cases where necessary we may ask for further information from your own GP. Once you have joined we will provide you with a free of charge Hep B vaccine.

Fitness Test – You will be required to pass a Fitness Test. The test contains two parts.

The “shuttle run” – a progressive timed test

A “Push/Pull” test – This test is only carried out at initial recruitment with us.

These tests are carried out at our Watnall Training Facility. You will have a warm-up exercise to complete along with a basic medical questionnaire. Should you have any questions around these tests then please contact one of our Officer Safety Training and Development Officers based at our Watnall training facility.
Uniform Fitting – At Headquarters you will attend our uniform stores to be measured and try on various pieces of uniform.

References – we will contact the people / companies that you have identified on your application form as able to give you a reference.

Step 5 – Offer of Employment and to attend training

If you pass Step 4 you will now be offered a formal position of employment to volunteer for our Force as a Special Constable. Well done.

You will be allocated to a Training course – We will discuss this training course during your interview along with your preferred base station. Whilst we make every effort to accommodate your requests we reserve the right to place you where operational requirements dictate, so please be aware of this- we will discuss this with you.

Here you will meet for the first time your colleagues on the same course as you. Your trainers will support you through this process of learning the tools to your trade. On successful completion of this training you will be attested.
Attestation Ceremony

This is where you will be sworn-in as a Special Constable by a Magistrate. You will have the opportunity to bring your family to witness you attesting the oath at this special event.

When you have attested you will join your colleagues at your preferred Police Station – either ( Worksop, Harworth, Retford, Newark, Ollerton or Southwell ) Here you will meet your allocated Tutor who will be a regular serving Police Officer.  With your tutor you will attend incidents ( occurrences ) and once your tutor is confident that you can deal with an incident on your own he / she will evidence this by signing your Police Action Checklist ( PAC ) in your Student Learning and Assessment Performance Portfolio ( SOLAP ).
Accompanied Patrol Status

This status is what you achieve when you complete all of your PAC’s.
Rural Crime Training.

For all applicants that have chosen to become Rural Specials…once you achieve Accompanied Patrol Status you will then attend some further additional training which will provide you with a greater understanding into Wildlife and Countryside Offences such as Fly Tipping, Poaching and investigating Environmental and Heritage crime. A number of guest speakers from the National Wildlife Trust, DEFRA, The Environment Agency, National Heritage and Historic England will develop your learning further looking at relevant legislation and offences in these important areas.

Once this training has been completed you will now work alongside our Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT’s ) out in the various parishes around your base station focusing on Rural Crime.

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