Should I become a Special Constable or PCSO before applying to the regulars?

In times gone by, when there was very little police recruitment going on, being a special constable had the effect of letting you gain evidence for your application form, collate examples to use at your interview, and maybe developed some skills you can use at assessment.

So it was worth doing. Having said that, these days things have changed. In reality, there is a good chance that applying to the specials or being a PCSO is likely to take as long to get a start date as becoming a regular officer. Some of those application form and interview questions will be the same. Plus when you get in, some forces insist that you stay in role for two years before applying for anything else (such as a regular officer, although they cannot stop you applying for another force of course).

So, being honest, unless you think your force will not be recruiting for a long time, I would suggest there is not much point. You could argue that you will get experience of the role before committing to the police service, and that is true. Although to be honest if you are not convinced you want to be a police officer, then to be honest, maybe its not the career for you anyway.

If you are certain you want to join, then unless there is a real advantage is being a  special or PCSO, then we would not bother. We are not being disparaging, they have their place in the organisation. But if it will take you as long to be a special as it will be to become a regular, what’s the point?


Found out today Cheshire police assessments due shortly. We have put on a course to suit. Remember, there will be a lot of competition for these dates, with candidates from Merseyside and Manchester as well as wales applying. Many of these will be PCSO or specials, which means the competition will be stiff. Not everyone will get through. Think about whether the advantage you get from us is worth your time and expense. The course will be held at our normal venue, the Holiday Inn South just outside Chester, near to the racecourse.


CKP Training

Talking Blues is the UK’s largest provider of assessment centre training courses for the police service. We are currently preparing to offer CKP training on a national basis. We therefore need someone to assist us with the college of policing approval process. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to contribute to a growing business, offering a complete end to end service for those looking to join the service.

You may either wish to work for us on a contract basis gaining COP certification, or alternatively we are open to the right person or people perhaps taking a partnership in the business. If you just want to do the odd course to make a little extra money though, this is not for you. We want someone who is dedicated to creating a growing national business, through offering the highest quality courses on the market.

If you join us, you will be working harder than ever. the difference will be the rewards will be directly linked to your efforts. You will have as much of an interest in the service we offer our clients as we do.

If you just think you are interested, we are probably not for each other. If you can see the national potential, let’s talk.

Email our Training Director John McTaggart at for an informal chat.