Special Constable ranks

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The College of Policing, as part of its interim leadership review, has suggested that Special Constables should be entitled to achieve ranks alongside, or higher, than regular officers if they meet national standards. Do you support such proposals, and what impact do you believe they could have on the Metropolitan Police Service?


Answer for Special Constable ranks

Answer for Special Constable ranks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The College of Policing published the Final Leadership Review Report in June. The review concluded specials should be entitled to seek promotion to different ranks, provided they meet national standards and pass the selection process.

The MPS would broadly support such an approach if it is adopted by the National Police Chiefs' Council, and I think that this points to a positive way forward.

Specials Constables play an important role and are integral to the policing of London. The ability to tap into the wealth of leadership skills and capability among the specials would augment this; but as unpaid volunteers with limited availability there will still be a need to maintain full time police leadership across the wider MPS.