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Northumbria Police are Recruiting Special Constables and Volunteers Now.


Our recruitment campaign is open for Special Constables and Volunteers

If you know anyone who is interested in volunteering and has the qualities, we are looking for them. Please ask them to get in touch.

You can find out more on our career’s website. Northumbria Police – Join TeamNP

Being a Special Constable is a significant role within Northumbria Police. They are volunteers who bring a diverse range of skills from their day job and apply them to our policing principles.

It is a significant commitment from the word ‘go’, as when they start, they sign up to an 18-week intense training programme. Once all the training is complete, they work through a portfolio to demonstrate their competency in different areas before they volunteer alongside our Response Policing Teams and our Neighbourhood teams. 

All of this is on top of the day job.

We met up with Ummar Hanif, who during the day advises the British Government on international investment, but in his spare time he is a Special Constable. Hear what he has to say about the role.

“Volunteering is rewarding, challenging, pushes me each shift and I have met some of the most amazing people – there really is no better way to give back to your community.

“Being a Special has helped me build my confidence, quick-thinking and communication skills, as well as keeping me fit.

“I am also passionate about helping show people from communities who may not have traditionally considered a career in policing that this is a path open to them and one where they can make a difference.”

He added: “I’ve held a number of volunteer roles previously, but feel like I’ve finally found my calling, serving the public as a Special Constable.

“My wife is a serving Police Officer of 12 years in a neighbouring force and my father was the Vice Chair of Cleveland Police Authority, so police work runs in my family.


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