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Recruitment for Special Constables

Joining the Special Constabulary is a volunteering role like no other.  Police work is unique and will provide you with a variety of experiences you are unlikely to find elsewhere. Once you have completed your training you will have the same powers and uniform as regular officers.

When officers go out on patrol they never know what incidents they may be called to resolve and they deal with people from all walks of life in many different situations. All these require a range of personal skills such as patience, courage, flexibility, understanding and the ability to think and act quickly. We are looking for people prepared to serve their local community and help keep people safe who can volunteer a minimum of 10 hours a month.

This recruitment campaign opens on Wednesday 30 September and we are holding two Information Sessions on Thursday 15 October and Monday 2 November at the Press Centre, rear of the Grandstand at 6.30pm. You can find out all you need to know by coming along to one of these sessions. No need to book, just turn up.

We use a detailed assessment procedure to assess your suitability as a police officer. It focuses on the Constabulary’s six Core Values: Caring, Professionalism, Challenge, Service, Respect and Responsibility as well as an understanding of the Isle of Man's community.

Part 1:  Application Form, Eyesight Test Declaration and Fitness Test Declaration need to be submitted for shortlisting. 

Part 2:  Shortlisted candidates must pass the Fitness Test and Computer Assessment Test.

Part 3:  You will then be invited to an Assessment Session which will involve taking part in a number of tests and scenarios, all related to police work.

Part 4:  Successful candidates must pass a full medical examination conducted by the Constabulary’s Medical Examiner.

Training

You will be given the training necessary to equip you for the role.  All Special Constables attend an Initial Training Course prior to their first operational duty, and will then work towards completing the competency framework to gain Independent Patrol status.

The Role

Special Constables may spend much of their time outdoors in all weathers, either on foot or in vehicles. The work of a constable has been described as ‘upholding the law fairly and firmly, protecting, helping and reassuring the community, preventing and detecting crime, and coping with society’s emergencies’. Community policing is at the heart of what we do, however there will be occasions when the work is unpleasant, difficult, demanding and occasionally dangerous.

Their work is extremely varied and includes dealing with matters such as road traffic collisions, disturbances, public order incidents, handling complaints, apprehending and interviewing suspects, investigating crime, obtaining statements from witnesses, checking the security of premises and answering questions from the public. They also deal with large public events like sports meetings and shows. 

Prospects

Special Constables work in many different departments such as Roads Policing, Central Alcohol Unit and the Multi-Agency Public Protection Unit.  Having completed a two year probationary period, Special Constables may apply to join departments when vacancies arise.

If you decide to apply, take the time to consider the above information and present your application and details in the manner specified.  

The green button will take you to the Application Form along with Guidance Notes, the Eyesight Test Declaration, the Fitness Test Declaration and information about the fitness test.  Further information can be requested by contacting PoliceJobs@gov.im and the closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Friday 6 November. 

Don't forget to submit ALL required paperwork with your Application Form!

If your initial application is successful then please make a note of the following dates when you will be required to attend the various sessions:

Fitness Test and Computer Assessment Test - Saturday 14 November starting at 9am with further sessions taking place at hourly intervals thereafter.

Assessment Session - Saturday 21 November.  Saturday 28 November will also be utilised dependent upon number of candidates.

Medical Assessment – Appointments available Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 December

Offer letters will be sent out by Wednesday 16 December with the training course commencing in January 2021.