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The City of London Special Constabulary (CLSC) has, since 1911,
supported the City of London Police in providing volunteer policing
to the Square Mile.
City of London SCs perform duties mainly on Thursday and Friday
evenings, as this is when it is busiest in the City. The majority
of SCs have a response policing role within the City of London
Police’s Territorial Policing Directorate.
Duties can include:
Specially trained City Specials also support the community
City of London SCs also support their Regular colleagues in
various operations throughout the year. These may be ceremonials
such as the Lord Mayor’s Show, Remembrance Day, or Pearly King’s
& Queens Harvest Festival; or large pan-London events such as
the London Marathon, Thames Festival and demonstrations.
We also assist other Special Constabularies in policing major
events including football matches, ceremonial occasions and
crime-reduction and community reassurance operations.
When London, including the City, was attacked on 7th July 2005, the
CLSC was requested to mobilise. At 1400 hrs, 95% of the CLSC
mustered for duty and performed cordon control and anti-terrorism
duties until 0700 hrs on the 8th July – after which they went
straight to work then returned for duties that evening and for 3
For its response to the Aldgate attack, the entire CLSC was awarded
the Home Office Ferrers Trophy.
Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said: “The City of London team
are to be commended for demonstrating exceptional dedication and
invaluable support to their regular colleagues and to the local
community in very demanding and difficult circumstances. Their
commitment and unstinting efforts on and following that tragic day
last year undoubtedly contributed to the increased security
operation in London. They are highly deserving of this
City Specials are rewarded for their time and energy, not through
pay, but from the experiences that would normally never be
attained. Specials will see the best and worst of human nature and
learn more about life than most people would ever do. The skills
and confidence they learn as Specials can be used in their personal
lives and occupations. Whether it is seeing a person they have
arrested being found guilty of the offence in Court, giving first
aid to someone ill in the street, assisting in the control of a
Royal visit, or participating in a plain clothes operation to
target drugs-misuse, a Special can be satisfied that they are
helping to solve the issues that impact the City community.
Some Specials may ultimately want to join the City of London Police
full time and the Special Constabulary gives them an opportunity to
gain experience, make contacts and see if a career as a regular
officer is right for them. Other Specials may want to take on more
responsibility and be promoted to sergeant – and eventually to
Commandant – or focus on a specialist role such as a cycle squad
officer. Due to the unique issues and policing of the City of
London, City Specials have diverse and rewarding experiences with
the satisfaction and pride of helping the community and making a
real difference to the City of London.
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is the oldest regiment in
the British Army and is part of the Territorial Army with its own
elite Special Forces role.
The HAC has a Special Constabulary Detachment which was formed in
1919 and which supports the HAC by policing events and operations
at the HAC’s HQ at Armoury House. City SCs may apply to join the
HAC Detachment once they have completed the initial training
and been attested.