Are you eligible to be a special constable?

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and ethnicities.  You will need to meet some basic eligibility requirements before you can apply. 


You can apply at the age of 18.  There is no upper age limit for applying to be a Special Constable – life experience is an important attribute for the Specials.


It is not essential to hold a full car driving licence.


You must be a British Citizen, member of the EC or other states in the European Economic Area.

If you are a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national, you must be resident in the UK free of restrictions and with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.


You must have lived in the UK for the past three years from the date of your application.  The only exception is British Military Personnel who have served abroad.


There are no formal educational requirements, but a good level of maths and English is appropriate.  We will assess your written ability and spelling and grammar at the application stage.


You must meet the medical standard entry requirements and attend a medical assessment with our Force Physician.

More information on the medical standards is available at

Height and weight

There are no height limitations but you must have a reasonable height/weight ratio.  Our Force Physician will assess this by calculating your body mass index.


You will have your eyesight examined during the medical assessment stage. For more information on the eyesight standards, please go to the website. 

Previous convictions, cautions and fixed penalties

Certain convictions and cautions will lead to automatic rejection unless there are exceptional circumstances.  In particular:

  • violence
  • dishonesty
  • drugs
  • serious driving offences (including drink driving)

We will consider other convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings and fixed penalty notices on a case by case basis.   Whether an application passes depends on the nature and circumstances of the offence.  

Police Checks and Security Vetting are carried out on you and your immediate family. The security service will also carry out checks to verify your identity and background.

DNA and fingerprints (Biometric Vetting)

We will take samples of your DNA and fingerprints and check against outstanding crimes.  We do this after we make a provisional offer, but before a final offer to appoint.

Financial status

You will have your financial status checked. You must not have any wilfully undischarged debts (e.g. County Court Judgements / Bankruptcy). This does not include mortgages, hire purchase, student loans or other loans that you are paying off normally.

Your application will be rejected if you have an active County Court Judgement or Voluntary Agreement. If you have been declared bankrupt you will not be eligible to apply until three years from the date of the Certificate of Satisfaction. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction.

Tattoos and piercing

We assess all tattoos and piercings before your application is progressed. Tattoos may preclude you from being recruited, depending on their content and position.

Visible tattoos and other visible body markings are unacceptable if they could reasonably be interpreted as:

  • "Discriminatory, offensive, obscene, indicate attitudes or views (e.g. misogynistic) inconsistent with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Behaviour."

Careful consideration will be given to any tattoo on the neck, face and /or hands in deciding if it is acceptable. This includes considering the size, nature and prominence of the tattoo.

British National Party (BNP)

If you are a member of the BNP your application will be rejected. If you have previously been a member of the BNP, you may not be eligible for appointment.  Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. 


Some occupations are incompatible with being a special, for example, if you are a member of the armed forces.

Occupations where you cannnot be appointed as Special Constables:

  • The Armed Forces
  • A Traffic Warden
  • Police Community Support Officer
  • A school crossing patrol
  • work involving the administration of the law

Occupations where you are eligible to be appointed as Special Constables subject to the agreement of your employer and at the discretion of the Chief Officer:

  • A fire or ambulance officer
  • Armed Forces Reserves
  • A medical or nursing professional
  • You, your spouse or any relative living with you holds or has a financial interest in any license or permit relating to liquor licensing
  • Refreshment houses or betting and gaming or the regulation of places of entertainment in the area of the police force in question.
  • Bailiffs
  • Security personnel, guards and doormen
  • As a private or store detective
  • A Prison Officer

Please note this list is not exhaustive.  Contact our the team for a comprehensive list of all the affected careers.

Language skills

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who are fluent in Polish, Latvian or Lithuanian, as well as being fluent in English.  However this is not a mandatory requirement.

Previous applications

If you have previously been unsuccessful you must wait at least 6 months from the date of the letter of rejection before you can apply again.

More help and support

The College of Policing website gives more details on the eligibility criteria and what it is like to be a Special Constable.

Or contact the Resource and Succession Planning Team

Lincolnshire Police Headquarters
PO Box 999
01522 558235

09 Nov 21 8:28 AM

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