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Zooey25
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Does anyone know what its like being a special constable as I am thinking of becoming one. Also I have anxiety so would I still be acceptable into becoming a special constable?
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Is your anxiety diagnosed or is it google-fu? Police are funny about diagnosed mental health problems esp if you're getting ongoing treatment. Ideally they want to take on very robust individuals, by taking on someone who is prone to panic and anxiety it increases the risk the public is put in and also your availibility.
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Is your anxiety diagnosed or is it google-fu? Police are funny about diagnosed mental health problems esp if you're getting ongoing treatment. Ideally they want to take on very robust individuals, by taking on someone who is prone to panic and anxiety it increases the risk the public is put in and also your availibility.
My anxiety has been diagnosed by my GP. I'm not receiving any treatment for my anxiety as I have had it under control for some time now. I dont really get panic attacks as such. Would this still limit my chances of becoming a special constable. I really wanted to get into this role but I heard each individual is dealt by a case by case basis.
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My anxiety has been diagnosed by my GP. I'm not receiving any treatment for my anxiety as I have had it under control for some time now. I dont really get panic attacks as such. Would this still limit my chances of becoming a special constable. I really wanted to get into this role but I heard each individual is dealt by a case by case basis.
It will be case by case yeah. Generally length of time is what I know to be a big factor. Anxiety 10 years ago with no recent review/input from GP etc? Unlikely to have significant bearing on your life now. If you're fresh out of CBT your chances are likely reduced. I would still apply in any case but also keep in mind - is this the role for you?

There's no point picking up a voluntary role if it's going to have a negative impact on your life. If you're taking the role to challenge yourself to overcome anxiety then that's another thing. Will the public be at risk? Ideally the constable needs to be the calmest on scene especially if you're the first responder.
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It will be case by case yeah. Generally length of time is what I know to be a big factor. Anxiety 10 years ago with no recent review/input from GP etc? Unlikely to have significant bearing on your life now. If you're fresh out of CBT your chances are likely reduced. I would still apply in any case but also keep in mind - is this the role for you?

There's no point picking up a voluntary role if it's going to have a negative impact on your life. If you're taking the role to challenge yourself to overcome anxiety then that's another thing. Will the public be at risk? Ideally the constable needs to be the calmest on scene especially if you're the first responder.
Only thing is, the last time I went to my GP regarding my anxiety was earlier last year. So I don't know if that would effect my chances cos I suppose its still quite fresh; however I'd like to apply for the SC role later this year, obviously between now and then I dont know what will happen. I would love to become a police officer and help people hence why I want to test the waters and trial it out as a Special Constable first. Of course policing is a very challenging role and I know that the role can be dangerous as police officers are always putting their life on the line to protect the public. But this is something I'd like to do. The last thing I'd want is my anxiety to take over and put a member of public at risk especially if I'm at a crime scene. Are you or were you a police officer?
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