The Representation of Special Constables: Headline Findings from the National Survey

Iain Britton

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


This report sets out the headline findings and key recommendations from a national survey of Special Constables, to seek their views about the representation of Specials. The survey ran from February to March 2017, and had almost 1,100 responses, including responses from every force in England and Wales. The survey is intended to inform future consultation and decisions about models for Special Constable representation. The survey was commissioned and designed under the leadership of ACC Debicki, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for the Special Constabulary, in collaboration with the Home Office and the College of Policing. The survey was developed, managed and analysed by the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice at the University of Northampton. The survey was a long and detailed survey, and there were a large volume of responses. This report of headline findings provides a summary of the key findings across the survey analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNorthampton
PublisherInstitute of Public Safety, Crime and Justice
Commissioning bodyInstitute for Public Safety Crime and Justice
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Special Constables
  • Special Constabulary
  • Representation
  • Survey
  • Policing
  • Wellbeing
  • Volunteers


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