Special Constable Application Process

It is important that you do sufficient research into the organisation, our priorities, our structure and the role of a Special Constable to know that this is the right career for you.


Information to assist you can be found here on our site and http://www.policecouldyou.co.uk

The application procedure consists of several challenging steps designed to ensure that applicants of the highest quality are recruited in North Wales Police. There follows below a basic guide to the process.


Applicants should understand that all recruiting processes are conducted without favour, and applications are considered strictly on merit.



1. Complete Application Form

When North Wales Police is accepting applications for the role of Special Constable you will be able to download an application form from this website


Ensure the application form is fully complete before returning it - if it is incomplete this will result in a delay in the process, or at worst your application will be rejected.


We advise you to read fully the guidance notes provided before actually starting to complete the application form.


You can check to see if you are eligible to apply by checking our detailed eligibility requirements.



2. Submit Application Form


The completed application form should be returned to:


Recruiting Section
Shared Services Facility
North Wales Police Headquarters
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AW


Please ensure that the correct postage is used – if not it will result in a delay in receiving your application and you may miss the closing date, therefore your application will not be assessed.



3. Application Form Assessment


This will form the first part of the selection process. You will be required to provide evidence of your transferable skills linking to the relevant personal qualities. Pay particular attention to your spelling and grammar as this will also be assessed.



4. Police Initial Recruitment Test


The Police Initial Recruitment (PIR) Test consists of 4 elements which aim to measure some of the skills/abilities required for the role.


The PIR Test is a multiple choice test which includes spelling and grammar, checking information, mathematical and verbal logical reasoning tests.


Sample questions and a full practice test are available to download / view.




5. Background Enquiries and Academic / Employee References


As well as conducting background checks and references all prospective candidates from the earliest stages of recruitment should be aware that if successful they will be asked to consent to providing a fingerprint and DNA sample.



6. Interview and Welsh test


The interview will last approximately 40 minutes. It will be based on the six personal qualities within the Policing Professional Framework (click to download PDF) and your research into North Wales Police. You will be informed of your result on the day and offered developmental feedback regardless of the outcome.


The below personal qualities have been identified as specifically relevant to the role of Police Constable. A Special Constable would need to show that they have some of these qualities at their interview.


  • Serving the public
  • Openess to change
  • Service delivery
  • Professionalism
  • Decision making
  • Working with others


Welsh Test


You will be required to demonstrate your welsh language skills at Level 1. This will take the form of an oral test based on the Learning Resources in our Welsh Language section.


As a Special Constable applicant you will be tested on the same day that you attend for interview.



7. Medical assessment


You will be required to complete a medical history questionnaire and optician's form, which will need to be countersigned by your GP and Optician respectively.


After you have been successful at the interview these forms will be forwarded to our Occupational Health Unit where they will be examined and dealt with in confidence.


Depending on your medical questionnaire, you may be required to attend our Occupational Health Unit for a medical examination.



8. Offer of appointment


Subject to satisfactory completion of above



Applicants should note that North Wales Police will not reimburse any travel expenses incurred when attending any of the selection processes.

However, we will reimburse for the following:


  • Optician fees for completing the eyesight report form (providing a receipt is submitted)
  • GP fees for completing the initial medical history questionnaire (providing a receipt is submitted).


Special Constable Recruitment
Shared Services Facility

North Wales Police Headquarters,
Colwyn Bay,
LL29 8AW

Telephone: 01492 804699

Email: Recruiting Section