Special constable (Volunteer police officer)
5. Benefits and support
Before you can be there for London, we’ll be there for you.
We'll train you for one of the most varied and fascinating volunteer roles around. You'll gain an incredible wealth of skills, confidence and experience. Alongside these skills and the tremendous sense of achievement you will get for doing something for the community, we pay expenses for giving up your valuable time; as well as a number of other benefits:
- Develop transferable skills that will improve your future career prospects, such as problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, team-working and communication.
- All Metropolitan Special Constables are entitled to free travel on London’s Tube, Buses, DLR, Tramlink, Emirates Airline Cablecar, TfL operated River Bus services and TfL-operated London Overground services. Free travel is available on and off duty, and it is open to all Metropolitan Special Constables who perform at least 200 hours duty a year*. Your daily commute to and from your day job could become free.
*This offer is subject to MSC policies, which are available on request.
- Have access to a range of Met staff discounts on goods and services.
- Ve eligible to join the Metfriendly Society, offering a range of financial services such as savings, investments and protection products.
Specials living within one of the London Boroughs or the City of London can receive a 50% rebate to the Greater London Authority (GLA) element of their Council Tax payment. This only applies to serving specials who have completed 200 hours of operational service within 12 months at the required standard and aren't subject to any kind of disciplinary process.
Special constables who have completed 200 hours of operational service and have gained their Independent Patrol Status (IPS) can apply to become a new police constable. Due to their policing experience, specials are not required to have the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).
Personal support & advice
We pride ourselves on being a Police Service that cares about its staff and we provide a whole range of support initiatives to help with both you and your family's welfare. These include:
- Occupational health and welfare counselling (from psychotherapy to financial guidance).
- A network of 'First Contacts' who you can talk to about anything on a one-to-one basis.
- Development and mentoring schemes.
- Staff Support Associations to support and represent your needs and/or beliefs and value. Should you wish to contact one of the SSAs before joining to better understand what the association does to promote cultural or personal belief, email HR to request information on the SSA.