The Hampshire police family consists of 3,470 police officers, 1,896 police staff, 336 police community support officers (PCSOs), 557 Special constables and 451 volunteers. Every role plays a vital part.


Police Officer

Police officers work with the communities they serve to maintain law and order, protect the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens. They use a wide range of technology to protect individuals, identify the perpetrators of crime and ensure successful prosecutions against those who break the law.

Officers work across all areas of the force to provide protection to the public and prevent crime. This includes being in Safer Neighbourhood Teams, economic crime, marine support, roads policing, child abuse investigation, criminal investigation, major investigation, counter terrorism, offender management, public protection and the dog unit. The work of a police officer is both challenging and diverse.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

The role of a police community support officer (PCSO) is to complement and support regular police officers, providing a visible and accessible uniformed presence on the street, to improve the quality of life in the community and offer greater public reassurance.

PCSOs are not replacement police officers but are there to address some of the tasks that do not require the experience or powers held by police officers, which often take officers away from more appropriate duties.

PCSOs will work within a targeted patrol area to provide a visible and accessible uniformed presence; work with partners and community organisations to address anti-social behaviour, the fear of crime, environmental issues and other factors which affect the quality of people's lives. In many areas, this has created a more positive dialogue between communities and the police than had previously been possible.

Police staff

Police staff provide vital support and the organisational capability to deliver effective police provision. There are literally hundreds of different roles filled by police staff from entry level to senior management.  

Police staff are in roles in areas such as finance, IT, forensics, HR, marketing and communication, administration, criminal justice, offender management and project support.

Special Constable

Special constables undertake a whole range of duties with in Hampshire Constabulary, supporting the regular force in policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Specials volunteer their time above and beyond their day-to-day jobs and responsibilities to support the force to protect the public and prevent crime.    

Specials volunteer in all areas of the force, some crew our launches in the Solent while others assist the Roads Policing Unit patrolling the highways and motorways across the region. They gain valuable experience should they want to move on to become a paid police officer or simply give something back to their community.

Police support volunteers

Our volunteer roles give members of the public the opportunity to support Hampshire Constabulary in its drive to protect our communities and bring criminals to justice.

Volunteers lend their skills and free time to help make Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safer and in return for giving up their time they gain valuable experience.

The roles available as a police support volunteer varies but each are just as important in helping us to give a better service to the communities we serve and that allow police officers and staff to spend more time in out and about in neighbourhoods.

Independent Advisory Groups

Independent advisory groups (IAGs) help Hampshire Constabulary develop a better understanding of our communities by constructively questioning or challenging police practices. The groups are made up of members of the public who provide impartial views and opinions on a variety of issues. IAGs will meet between four and six times a year.

Community Safety Accreditation Scheme 

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS), made possible through the Police Reform Act 2002, provides an opportunity for organisations that provide community safety and security functions to have their organisation and staff accredited by Hampshire Constabulary.

Accreditation will enable employees to exercise limited but targeted powers to help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Information sharing between the police, partner organisations and accredited persons will help to coordinate visible patrols and direct resources effectively to improve quality of life within the community. The scheme also provides an opportunity to improve the quality, consistency and transparency of private and public sector community patrols.

Volunteer Police Cadets

Hampshire Constabulary Volunteer Police Cadets are coming to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We are currently running two pilot schemes in Southampton and we intend to open a further five schemes across the force within the next six months. Please check the website regularly for further information.


Southampton Police Club Trust Fund

The Southampton Police Club Trust Fund (SPTCF) has been set up to financially back any social events or activities that support the interests of its beneficiaries.

The SPTCF’s beneficiaries are defined as all serving, retired or resigned members of the Hampshire Constabulary family, including police staff, traffic wardens and Special constables approved by the committee, along with their spouse, partner or children.

To find out more about the fund and how to apply for financial assistance, visit the SPTCF website.