Who are the Staffs Specials?

The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteer members of the public who, when on duty, wear a uniform and have full police powers. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving with police forces across the UK, working in all aspects of policing. In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent there are around 470 Special Constables.


Together we are one

Those who give their time to be members of the Staffordshire Police Special Constabulary are incredible people who play a key role in keeping our communities safe.

What it means to be a Staffordshire Special Constable

What it means to a Special Constable to give their time to volunteer as a police officer in Staffordshire.

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Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

“Volunteers play a huge part in society and a crucial role in keeping local communities safe. I’m committed to increasing visible policing in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and an elite Special Constabulary is a central part of that.

“It’s about ensuring that volunteer officers, who together contribute thousands of hours a month of policing, stand shoulder to shoulder with their regular colleagues and receive the recognition they deserve.

“It’s about matching their commitment to serving the people of Staffordshire with a commitment to giving Specials the best training and equipment – such as body cams which were recently rolled out to all Specials – and setting clear goals and expectations for their development.” PCC Matthew Ellis

Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Jane Sawyers

Staffordshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers

“Those who give their time to be members of the Staffordshire Police Special Constabulary are incredible people who play a key role in keeping our communities safe. Special Constables are police officers, they have the same powers, and they work alongside regular police officers to tackle crime and support our communities.

“Our Special Constabulary colleagues can undertake a myriad of activities and roles as they work alongside regular officers and staff to help us keep communities safe and reassured. They can also undertake a number of key specialist roles including being a named neighbourhood officer tackling local issues or working with the Central Motorway Police Group to keep our roads safe and target criminals using the roads to commit crime.

“Our ‘Specials’ are a key part of the policing family and their contribution and skills are a tribute to their dedication.” CC Jane Sawyers


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