Psychology of the Special Constabulary

Research Institution / Organisation

Nottingham Trent University

In Collaboration With

Derbyshire Constabulary

Level of Research


Project Start Date

February 2017

Research Context

While volunteering has become a Home Office priority over recent years, research into the psychology of Special Constables remains limited. With an increased importance placed on recruitment of volunteers, retention and performance have become topics of more importance. With relatively high attrition rates for SCs, it is in the interest of police forces to identify and recruit volunteers who reflect the best 'investment' of public funds.

The research aims to explore the psychological profile of Special Constables, identifying if personality has an impact on length of service and performance.

Research Methodology

The research will compare scores from Psychometric tests with performance data available from Specials management systems such as Dutysheet.

Data sets will be compared using a one way MANOVA, establishing if a significant relationship exists between performance (as measured by KPIs) or length of service and the results of psychometric testing.

Interim reports and publications

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Date due for completion

March 2018
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