Special Constable

16 Hours a Month

Our mission is to protect and serve the railway environment and its community, keeping levels of disruption, crime and the fear of crime as low as possible and our Special Constables are vital to achieving this.

As a volunteer police officer, you will have the same powers as full-time officers, playing a crucial role in getting the public home safe, secure an on time.

Working alongside full-time officers, you will experience the varied challenges of policing the railway – dealing with offenders, victims of crime, vulnerable people and the diverse community we serve.

It’s a hugely varied role, so you’ll need to be ready for anything - from patrolling by foot or vehicle, through providing a reassuring presence on trains or at stations, to assisting at incidents including theft, assault or illegal travel.

You’ll travel too. You might be carrying out your duties while moving at 125 miles per hour from one city to another and of course you’ll come into contact with people from all walks of life, often at stressful or emotional times for them. One thing is certain - no two days will ever be the same.

To join us, you’ll need outstanding resilience and dedication. We’ll expect you to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month - the maximum number of hours you deliver is up to you. If you’ve never been a Special Constable before, you’ll benefit from unrivalled training and investment in your development. After all, we need you to be the best there is. Whatever your background, you’ll be truly valued as an integral member of our force. We’ll reimburse all your expenses. We’ll help you develop talents - from leadership to responsiveness - that will enhance every aspect of your life.

In return for your hard work you will:

  • Have a rewarding job where no two days are ever the same
  • Have the same powers and uniform as full-time officers
  • Boost your CV
  • Have the opportunity to make a difference in the community
  • Travel Benefits (dependent on location)
  • Increased self-confidence
  • have the opportunity of internal progression to become a Police Officer (fast track scheme)

Please note BTP are unable to accept applications from a select number of prohibited occupations; please click here for the full list.

As well as recruiting new Special constables we also accept Transferee Specials.

To apply for a transferee post you must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieved Independent Patrol Status (England and Wales only)
  • Received First Aid Training
  •  Free from any convictions/cautions/reprimands and penalty notices (other than driving penalty notices) even if you are serving as a Special Constable at the moment with another force. 
  • Thoroughly grounded in the operational aspects of police work
  • Free from any ongoing investigation in your current force
  • Have completed your minimum required annual hours and live in or near the BTP policing area you wish to transfer to.
  • Be currently serving as a Special or have been within the last 12 months