This PhD studentship is funded by the International Centre for Policing and Security.
Despite being around for many years in its current form, research and
academic literature on Police Volunteers known as Special Constables is sparse.
This project seeks to provide a critical examination of the use of special
constables in police forces in England and Wales. It will establish whether
their role was expanded and utilised above the normal expectation during the
The project will consider how Special Constables were regarded and utilised in comparison to their regular colleagues. It will provide recommendations for the future use of Special Constables and other forms of volunteers. It will have great impact not only for the industry, but for academics studying the field of policing.
Candidates must have experience of research
projects and a knowledge of the organisational structure of police agencies is
desirable. An upper second-class honours degree, a Master’s degree, or relevant
equivalent industrial experience, is required. Access to Police Forces involved
in the project will be via contacts already in existence at the International
Centre for Policing and Security.
The studentship is to support full-time study for three years. The successful applicant will receive an annual tax-free bursary of £15,285 and tuition fees (at the Home student rate) will be waived.