Being a police support volunteer means contributing some of your time and skills to help us improve the quality of the service we offer to our communities.

Police support volunteer roles assist and enhance the normal day-to-day work undertaken by police officers and police staff.

Opportunities vary from one location to another, depending on local needs. However, typical roles include:

  • Assisting neighbourhood policing teams to develop relationships with their communities
  • Updating websites
  • Undertaking community surveys
  • Delivering flyers and newsletters
  • General administration
  • Assisting with local events
  • Dealing with telephone enquiries
  • Helping to deal with found, lost or stolen property
  • Helping with Watch Schemes
  • Assisting with the Police Cadets Programme.

We ask that our volunteers have some basic skills

  • Reliability
  • Integrity
  • Basic numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Basic IT skills.

Volunteers should also show a positive and friendly attitude and a willingness to learn.

We are looking for people aged 18 and over from all different backgrounds, with a variety of skills and experiences to assist us.

Volunteers are recruited without regard to gender, disability, race, religion or other aspects of diversity.

Volunteers bring a wide variety of life experiences and skills to the teams that they support and add value to the work of trained staff. Volunteers often have a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can also benefit the wider community.

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised on the vacancies page as they become available.

FAQs | Volunteering with us

Volunteers are not part of the Special Constabulary. They have no police powers and do not have a uniform.

To volunteer you must be aged 18 or over, and have been a UK resident for a minimum of three years. If you are under 18, you may be interested in volunteering as a police cadet.

You must disclose any previous convictions, and consent to Sussex Police doing a standard National Police Vet Level 2 check (please note that having a criminal record will not necessarily exclude you from being considered for volunteering. Failure to disclose a criminal record, which later becomes known, will lead to instant dismissal from a volunteering role).

Applicants will be subjected to the same criteria as all members of the force. Further checks may be required depending on the volunteer role being undertaken.

Applicants will not be accepted as volunteers where there is a conflict of interest in their professional life or another volunteering role.

As part of their application, therefore, they are required to disclose the nature of their employment or details of other voluntary work undertaken.

Volunteering for Gwent Police provides the volunteer with an opportunity to work alongside police officers and staff, gain valuable skills and experience within a professional and public organisation. It offers the opportunity to meet new people and work as part of a team, engage and interact with people from different communities and backgrounds while making a positive contribution to the local community.

As a volunteer we will offer you...

  • Support
    • If you are approved as a volunteer, you will be provided with advice, guidance and support to carry out your activities.
  • Training
    • You will not be expected to undertake tasks that you are unfamiliar with. Appropriate training will be provided, starting with an induction into the organisation.
  • Expenses
    • Volunteers can claim certain travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses. These will be agreed with you if you are approved as a police support volunteer.

Not found what you're looking for?

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please e-mail us.

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