2Amendments to the Special Constables Regulations 1965
(1) The Special Constables Regulations 1965 are hereby amended as follows.
(2) For regulation 1 substitute—
“Qualifications for appointment1
A candidate for appointment as a special constable—
(a) must, if not a national of a State which is a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993, have leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period;
(b) must satisfy the chief officer of police that he is sufficiently competent in written and spoken English, and sufficiently numerate, by passing such assessments in written and spoken English, and numeracy, as may be determined by the chief officer of police;
(c) must have attained the age of 18½ years;
(d) must be of good character;
(e) must be in good health.”.
(3) For regulation 5A substitute—
“Special Constables' Allowance5A
(1) A police authority may, following a recommendation of the chief officer of police and with the approval of the Secretary of State, undertake to make payments (referred to in this regulation as a Special Constables' Allowance) at a rate set by the police authority to all or any number of special constables appointed for their area.
(2) An approval given for the purposes of this regulation may be withdrawn with effect from the date three months after notice of that approval has been given to the police authority.
(3) The withdrawal of an approval does not affect rights acquired and obligations incurred, whether prospectively or otherwise, in respect of any period before the date from which the withdrawal takes effect.
(4) Different rates of Special Constables' Allowance may be paid under this regulation to different special constables appointed within a police area.”.
(4) Omit Schedule 2.
Paras (1), (3), (4): Specified date: 10 January 2003: see reg 1(2).
Para (2): Specified date: 3 February 2003: see reg 1(2).
These Regulations do not extend to Scotland: see reg 1(3).
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend the Special Constables Regulations 1965 (“the 1965 Regulations”).
Section 82 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (c 30) (“the 2002 Act”) removes the restrictions on the nationality of persons who could be appointed as a special constable. Section 82(4) of the 2002 Act obliged the Secretary of State to make regulations dealing with requirements in respect of a candidate for appointment's competence in written and spoken English and immigration status.
Regulation 1 of the 1965 Regulations sets out the qualifications for appointment as a special constable. Regulation 2(2) of these Regulations substitutes a new regulation 1 by requiring candidates for appointment to pass assessments in written and spoken English, and numeracy. The assessments are determined by the chief officer of police. Candidates who are not nationals of a member state of the European Economic Area must have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom. The minimum age for appointment as a special constable is raised from 18 years to 18½ years to be consistent with the minimum age for appointment as a regular constable.
Regulation 2(3) allows for a Special Constables' Allowance, which can be determined by the police authority following a recommendation from the chief officer of police and with the Secretary of State's approval, to be paid to special constables appointed for the authority's area. This replaces the bounty scheme for special constables established by the Special Constables (Amendment) Regulations 1992, which are revoked by regulation 3.